Patna SP Vinay Tiwari who was quarantined by BMC on his arrival in Mumbai.

Bihar, Maharashtra locked in war of words after Patna SP quarantined in Mumbai

The controversy over the investigation of Sushant Singh Rajput’s death has boiled into full-fledged war of words between Maharashtra and Bihar government on Monday after Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) officials quarantined the Patna Superintendent of Police, Vinay Tiwari on his arrival in Mumbai. 

Tiwari has gone to lead a team of Bihar police officials who are already investigating the case in Mumbai, since Sushant Singh Rajput’s father has lodged an FIR in Patna.

Bihar’s Director General of Police Gupeteshwar Pandey shared the information about the incident on twitter. He said, “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.  He was not provided accommodations in the IPS Mess despite a request and was staying in a guest house in Goregaw.”

Commenting on the episode, Bihar Water Resources Minister Sanjay Jha told ANI that forced quarantine of the officer in Mumbai is ‘shameful’ and ‘absolutely wrong’ while adding that the state government will look into the matter and take action in this regards.

Earlier, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar told reporters, “Bihar DGP will speak with the authorities there.  Whatever happened with him (Vinay Tiwary) is not right. It is not a political matter. Bihar police is carrying out its duty.”

Reacting strongly over the Bihar DGP statement, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Monday said that Mumbai Police is capable of conducting the investigation own its own.

“If Mumbai police is already investigating the case, so anyone not related to the Maharashtra government and not related to the case should not comment on it as Mumbai Police is capable of conducting the probe on its own.” Sanjay Raut told mediapersons.

Meanwhile, responding to the allegation of the forced quarantine of the Bihar police officer, the BMC maintained that the officer was quarantined as per the present guidelines for domestic arrivals at Mumbai Airport.

On the other hand, after war of words erupted between Bihar and Maharashtra, Mumbai Commissioner of Police, Param Bir Singh while giving update of the case to the media said: “Till now statements of 56 people have been recorded, all angles are being investigated be it professional rivalry, financial transactions or health.” 

Over Rhea Chakroborty, the police commissioner said, “Her statement was recorded twice and she was called to the police station several times. Although, I cannot comment about her whereabouts.”

“The statements of Sushant’s father K K Singh, sister and brother-in-law were recorded on June 16. At that moment, they didn’t raise any suspicion neither did they complain about any lapse in our investigation,” Singh added.

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