New Delhi: Rumors have been making the rounds that former Bihar DGP Gupteshwar Pandey will be joining Nitish Kumar-led Janata Dal (United) at a ceremony on Saturday. However, when he was asked about the same, the former bureaucrat asserted that he has not taken any decision on contesting polls as of now. Also Read - Bihar Cabinet Approves Free COVID Vaccine to Every Resident of State, 20 Lakh Job Opportunities

Earlier in the day, Pandey called on Bihar CM Nitish Kumar, following which speculations were rife that Pandey may join JD(U) ahead of upcoming Bihar Assembly elections 2020.  Also Read - Mandate Against NDA: Tejashwi Yadav's RJD to Boycott Nitish Kumar's Oath-Taking Ceremony

I came here to meet CM Nitish Kumar & to thank him as he gave me absolute freedom to serve my duties as DGP. I have yet not taken any decision on contesting polls”, Pandey told reporters after meeting CM Nitish.  Also Read - Nitish Swearing-in Ceremony Today, Check List of Probable Ministers

Pandey stepped down late Tuesday night after taking voluntary retirement from service. A day later, he dropped hints about joining politics, asserting he is a “free man” now and that contesting elections is not illegal.

Shiv Sena Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut, with whom Pandey had locked horns over the issue of a CBI probe in Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death case, had claimed the former Bihar DGP was being “rewarded” for speaking against Mumbai and Maharashtra.

Pandey, a 1987 batch IPS officer had hit the headlines after he said Rhea Chakraborth (SSR’s girlfriend) had no ‘aukaat’ (stature) to comment on Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s decision to recommend a CBI probe in the case.

A couple of days ago, Pandey had defended his derogatory statement, saying,”Someone who is an accused in the case and named in an FIR for hatching a conspiracy to kill Sushant Singh Rajput has no right to make any comment against a person who is occupying a constitutional post.”