The Bihar Director General of Police, Gupteshwar Pandey had been bashed on social media for using words that were seen to be toxic and misogynistic. Receiving criticisms for his “aukat” comment on the actress Rhea Chakraborty, the Bihar police chief said today that he meant that as an accused in the Sushant Singh Rajput case, she had no right to criticize Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.
On 20th August, he had said Rhea Chakraborty “does not have the aukat (stature)” to comment on Nitish Kumar.
Gupteshwar Pandey’ told the ANI that, “The meaning of ‘Aukat’ in English is stature. Rhea Chakraborty does not have the stature to comment on Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. She shouldn’t forget that she is named an accused in the FIR in the Sushant Singh Rajput case which was under me and now with CBI.”
He further said that, “If a political leader comments on Bihar CM (Chief Minister), then I am nobody to comment over it. But if an accused makes some baseless comment on Bihar CM then it is objectionable. She should fight the battle legally.”
Gupteshwar Pandey was asked about Rhea Chakraborty referring to Nitish Kumar in her statement to the Supreme Court on politics playing a role in Bihar’s investigations.
Mr. Pandey responded, “Rhea Chakraborty does not have the aukat to comment on the Bihar Chief Minister. What the police did was correct, and according to legal and constitutional provisions.” The comment created a fire on Twitter.