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Gopinath Munde’s death: CBI files charge sheet against taxi driver

Six months after the death of Union Minister Gopinath Munde in a road accident, CBI on Thursday filed a chargesheet against taxi driver Gurvinder Singh for rash and negligent driving while ruling out any foul play.

The CBI chargesheeted Singh under Sections 279 and 304-A of Indian Penal Code for the charges and if found guilty, he will have to undergo a prison sentence of a maximum of two years. Singh’s car had collided with the official vehicle of the minister at the Prithviraj Road-Tughlak Road roundabout in the heart of the high security Lutyen’s zone when Munde was on his way to the Indira Gandhi Airport on June 3. Singh had alleged that the Minister’s driver had jumped the traffic signal leading to the accident.

Delhi Police had registered a case against a 32-year-old Singh. The case was later handed over to the CBI which registered a case under sections 279 (rash driving) and 304A (causing death by negligence) of IPC against unknown persons relating to accidental death, CBI spokesperson said. CBI has already ruled out any foul play in the death of Munde and also claimed to have established “convincingly” that the politician had died due to injuries in a road accident.

64-old Munde, a popular backward class leader from Maharashtra, died due to shock and haemorrhage following injuries to his neck and liver in the road accident, CBI had said in its report. Several political leaders from Maharashtra had demanded a CBI probe into the accident of Munde, who had then just taken charge as the Rural Development Minister in the Narendra Modi government. Investigation was conducted to find out if any foul play or criminal conspiracy was involved in the death of Munde.

During the probe a through scrutiny of all possible leads and angles was conducted. “The antecedents and movements of suspected persons and all persons associated with the Minister were verified. However, the probe has clearly ruled out any foul play in the death of Munde and it has been concluded that he died as a result of injuries sustained in the accident,” the CBI report had said.

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