Aukat Means Stature: DGP Defends Dig on Rhea Chakraborty Amid Flak

The Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected Chakraborty’s plea and handed over the probe in the Sushant case to CBI.

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Bihar DGP Gupteshwar Pandey and actor Rhea Chakraborty.

Bihar DGP Gupteshwar Pandey on Thursday, 20 August, sought to justify his "aukat" dig at actor Rhea Chakraborty after garnering flak for the same.

“The meaning of ‘aukat’ in english is stature. Rhea Chakraborty does not have the stature to comment on Bihar CM Nitish Kumar. She shouldn’t forget that she is a named accused in FIR in Sushant Singh Rajput case, which was under me and now with CBI.”
Bihar DGP Gupteshwar Pandey, according to ANI

He went on to allege, as per ANI, that Rhea’s remarks were objectionable.

“If a political leader comments on Bihar CM, 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.”
Bihar DGP Gupteshwar Pandey 

But, What Had Happened?

Bihar Director General of Police (DGP) Pandey on Wednesday had said that Chakraborty “does not have the aukat (standing/position) to comment on the Bihar chief minister," soon after the Supreme Court pronounced its verdict in connection with the Rajput death case.

The apex court on Wednesday rejected Chakraborty's plea and handed over the probe in the case to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). The actor had requested for transferring the investigation from Patna to Mumbai.

The Patna Police committed no illegality in registering the complaint, the court had noted.

What DGP Pandey Said

When reportedly asked about Chakraborty's remarks on Bihar CM Nitish Kumar, DGP Pandey said, "Rhea Chakraborty does not have the aukaat (standing/position) to comment on the Bihar chief minister... Whatever the Patna Police was doing was right, legally and constitutionally. It's because of the Bihar CM's support that there is now hope for justice to Sushant Singh Rajput."

His remarks came after Chakraborty had referred to the Bihar CM in a statement to the SC on the role of politics in the whole case, reported NDTV.

Earlier, DGP Pandey had said that the Supreme Court verdict strengthened the trust people have in it.

"I am very happy. The Supreme Court's order has strengthened the trust people have in the court and has assured the nation that justice will be delivered in the Sushant Singh Rajput death case," he was quoted by ANI as saying.

The Case

Actor Sushant Singh Rajput was found dead in his apartment on 14 June. While the Mumbai Police started its investigation in the case as one of suicide, an FIR was filed on 28 July in Patna against Chakraborty under various sections, including abetment to suicide, based on a complaint by Sushant's father KK Singh.

Dismissing all allegations, Chakraborty had then filed a petition in the top court asking for the case to be transferred to Mumbai.

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