Bihar cop’s quarantine: Bihar DGP Gupteshwar Pandey on Sunday alleged that Tiwari who is heading Bihar Police team was “forcibly quarantined” by civic authorities in the metropolis.
There was a huge controversy over BMC’s decision to send Bihar’s Indian Police Service (IPS) officer who is in Mumbai to probe Sushant Singh Rajput’s death case under quarantine, the civic body on Monday came up with a clarification over the matter.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation said that Vinay Tiwari, Patna Superintendent of Police, had been quarantined as per the present guidelines for domestic arrivals at Mumbai airport.
BMC’s clarification came after Bihar DGP Gupteshwar Pandey on Sunday alleged that Tiwari who is heading the Bihar Police team was “forcibly quarantined” by civic authorities in the metropolis.
“IPS officer Vinay Tiwari reached Mumbai today from Patna on official duty to lead the police team there but he has been forcibly quarantined by BMC officials at 11 PM today,” Bihar Director General of Police (DGP) Pandey said in a tweet.
“He was not provided accommodation in the IPS mess, despite request, and was staying in a Guest House in Goregaon,” he said.
Tiwari, who reached Mumbai to supervise the Bihar Police team in the probe into the death of Rajput, has been quarantined by the BMC till August 15.
Nitish Kumar slams BMC’s move
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said that the BMC’s decision to quarantine Tiwari was not right, adding that the matter is “not political”.
“Bihar DGP will speak with the authorities there. Whatever happened with him (Vinay Tiwari) is not right. It is not political issue. Bihar Police is carrying out its duty,” he said.
Meanwhile, Rajput’s sister Shweta Singh Kirti also criticised civic body’s decision to quarantine the Bihar cop and tweeted: “What? Is this even for real? How can an officer sent on duty be quarantined for 14 Days? #JusticeForSushant.”
Tough war between Bihar Police and Mumbai Police over actor’s death case
The four-member team of Bihar Police reached Mumbai on July 27 to probe Rajput’s death case after late actor’s father filed a police complaint in Patna against his girlfriend and actress Rhea Chakraborty and five others on several charges including abetment to suicide and
Rajput, 34, was found hanging from the ceiling of his apartment in Bandra in Mumbai on June 24.
The Mumbai Police, which is also probing the death case, has interrogated several Bollywood bigwigs including film critic Rajeev Masand, filmmakers Mahesh Bhatt and Sanjay Leela Bhansali. It has also recorded statements of around 40 people, including Chakraborty.
Last month, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had said the death case should not be used as Maharashtra versus Bihar issue, adding that the Mumbai Police was capable of probing the case.
‘BMC to quarantined 4 other Bihar cops’
Meanwhile, the BMC is expected to send four other Bihar police officials to quarantine.