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Nitish Kumar calls quarantining Bihar cop probing Sushant case in Mumbai ‘inappropriate’

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar   | Photo Credit: PTI

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on August 3 voiced strong disapproval of the “forcible” quarantine of an IPS officer from Patna, hours after he landed in Mumbai to lead a Special Investigation Team probing the death of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput.

“Whatever has been done to him is inappropriate,” Mr. Kumar said when asked about Vinay Tiwari, SP City (East), who is in Mumbai to investigate an abetment to suicide case.

He also said the matter has been taken up with the authorities in Maharashtra by DGP Gupteshwar Pandey.

“He (Pandey) will himself speak to the authorities concerned,” Mr. Kumar said.

When asked about whether he would himself have a word with his Maharashtra counterpart Uddhav Thackeray, the Bihar Chief Minister said, “It is not a political matter. The issue at hand is a legal obligation of the Bihar police. We will make all possible efforts to fulfil the same.”

He, however, ducked queries about recommending a CBI inquiry into the matter, the demand for which has been raised by at least two of the deceased actor’s sisters.

The Chief Minister was approached by journalists at a park where he tied a rakhi around a tree on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan.

He was flanked by key aides including his deputy Sushil Kumar Modi, a senior BJP leader, who has been vociferous in charging the Maharashtra government with non-cooperation with the Bihar police team.

The Bihar police got involved in the matter after Rajput’s father lodged an FIR, more than a month after his son’s death, accusing actress Rhea Chakraborty and her family members of abetting the suicide.

Bihar DGP Gupteshwar Pandey on August 2 charged that Mr. Tiwari was “forcibly quarantined” by the civic authorities in Mumbai.

The DGP, who broke the news on his twitter handle past midnight, also shared a video footage of Mr. Tiwari, lodged in a Maharashtra police establishment with the quarantine stamp on his hand.

Mr. Pandey alleged that Mr. Tiwari was denied accommodation inside the IPS officer’s mess and was made to stay at a guest house in the Goregaon suburbs.

He also expressed frustration over the fact that on account of the “forced” quarantine by municipal authorities, Mr. Tiwari will not be able to carry out the investigation.

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