Bihar’s Director General of Police, Gupteshwar Pandey, took voluntary retirement from service on Tuesday. The Bihar Governor approved the request on late Tuesday evening. He was due to retire in February 2021.
Following his VRS, Sanjiv Kumar Singhal has been given the additional charge of DGP. Singhal is additionally the director general of Homeguard and Fire Services.
A 1987 IPS batch officer, Pandey had requested for premature retirement in 2009 to contest the Lok Sabha elections. His political ambitions are not new-formed. The state, then, had denied his application post which he returned to service. Sources say that he has been assured of a ticket from BJP and might contest the upcoming Assembly polls from Sahpur in Buxar district.
Pandey had come under the limelight in the Sushant Singh Rajput investigation where he defended the Nitish Kumar led administration. He has been known for his controversial statements. He passed a jibe at Rhea Chakraborty and commented on how she does not have the “aukaat” to comment on Bihar’s chief minister. When questioned by reporters, he stood by his comment and said: “what the police did was correct, and according to legal and constitutional provisions”.
He has planned a live talk on his social media titled ‘Meri Kahaani, Meri Zubaani’ scheduled on September 23 at 6 PM.
Previously he has served as the Superintendent of Police in various Naxal affected areas of Bihar such as Aurangabad, Arwal, Begusarai, Jehanabad, and Nalanda. He also played an active role in Bihar government’s move to ban alcohol in the state.