The Ministry of Home Affairs has recommended a CBI probe into the death of rural development minister Gopinath Munde, who was killed in a car crash in New Delhi last week. However, a senior official said the final call will be taken by the Prime Minister’s Office.
The move comes after Maharashtra’s state BJP chief Devendra Fadnavis and Union Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari met Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday.
Sources said the probe was ordered keeping in mind the upcoming legislative elections in Maharashtra. “There are a lot of doubts related to his death not only in his constituency but in the entire state. The government does not want to take any chance of being seen as partisan when it comes to the investigation of this case. A section of the public believes there was a conspiracy behind his death,” said a senior BJP leader.
Munde’s accident was being probed by the Delhi Police, which registered a case for causing death due to negligence and rash driving and arrested Gurvinder Singh, the driver of the Indica car involved in the accident.
The MHA will write to the Department of Personnel and Training — which falls under the PMO — which will issue a formal notification after which the CBI will take over the FIR registered by the Delhi Police.
BJP leaders from Maharashtra, including former party president Gadkari, have already sought a CBI inquiry into the case. “It is Maharashtra’s public opinion that Munde’s death be probed by the CBI,” said Fadnavis.