Court grants bail to driver of car that hit Gopinath Munde’s vehicle

64-year-old Munde, died apparently of shock and cardiac arrest suffered during the road accident.

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Updated: June 4, 2014 7:37 am
The driver of indica car that hit Union Rural Development Minister Gopinath Munde's car causing his death, in police custody in New Delhi on Tuesday. ( Source PTI ) The driver of indica car that hit Union Rural Development Minister Gopinath Munde’s car causing his death, in police custody in New Delhi on Tuesday. ( Source PTI )

A Delhi court Tuesday granted bail to Gurvinder Singh who was arrested in connection with the accident which led to the death of Union Rural Development Minister Gopinath Munde.

Singh was produced before Metropolitan Magistrate Puneet Pahwa and the Delhi Police told the court that the Intelligence Bureau and the Special Cell were investigating whether there was any conspiracy angle behind the accident.

The police told the court that Test Identification Parade of the accused was required to be conducted and Singh be remanded to 14-day judicial custody.

The magistrate, however, said the offences brought against the arrested person were bailable and if required, the police can take his custody later on.

“Accused produced after fresh arrest. Request for 14 days judicial custody sought. The offences being bailable, accused is admitted to bail on a personal bond and a surety bond of Rs 30,000 each,” the court said.

During the brief hearing, the police told the court that further investigation was going on to find out whether there was any conspiracy behind the incident.

“The Special Cell (of Delhi Police) and Intelligence Bureau are investigating all the aspects and they are not leaving any stone unturned to investigate whether there was any conspiracy angle,” the police said.

Advocate Vikas Padora, who appeared for Singh, opposed the police plea seeking remand of the accused to judicial custody saying the offences alleged against him were bailable.

According to the police, Singh was arrested for the offences under sections 279 (rash and negligent driving) and 304A (causing death by negligence) of the IPC. The offences entails a maximum punishment of two years jail.

64-year-old Munde, a popular backward class leader from Maharashtra, died apparently of shock and cardiac arrest suffered during the road accident early in the morning.

Munde, who made his entry into the Union Cabinet for the first time last week, was on his way to the airport when hiscar was hit by another vehicle at Prithviraj Road-Tughlak  Road roundabout in the heart of the national capital.

A senior police official said the offending vehicle was an Indica car, driven by Singh, which jumped the traffic signal at Aurobindo Chowk and collided with the Maruti Suzuki SX 4 in which Munde was travelling towards Safdarjung Road from Prithviraj Road.

The Indica was coming towards Tughlaq Road, a little over a km from the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s official residence, and hit Munde’s car towards the passenger side where the minister was sitting, the police official said, adding Munde fell on the seat immediately after the car was hit.

Gurvinder Singh was detained from the spot and later arrested.

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    aiyappa_pm
    Jun 4, 2014 at 1:16 pm
    Too Sad to lose an cabinet minister , Every day there are reckless drivers on road who kill peoples .This is as good as cold blood murder . The driver is liable to get an capital punishment . Many drivers here do not even know the traffic sign's and the significances . How do the RTO official's issue them an driving license .
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    A. Rahman
    Jun 3, 2014 at 7:14 pm
    It is such a big loss & he gets only 2 yrs (max.) jail?? What a pity? What was the reason that he jumped the signal? If it is carelessness then he should be made to pay for it (the loss the family & the county has to bear).
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    H1N1
    Jun 4, 2014 at 1:53 am
    Lock the Culprit.....this singh...who deliberately .......too much of a coincidence.....right before and after a election....seems like a hit.....ran the red light and hit Mundes car so hard....that he fractured his c spine and damaged his liver with the impact....which was bleeding......
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    Jitendra Tilak
    Jun 3, 2014 at 2:06 pm
    What a great 150 year old law for killing people. Bailable and maximum punishment for 2 years!!! This law was created by British to save their official who could afford vehicles at that time. Does Modi government have guts to change Indian Motor Vehicle Act and other IPC laws that were created to save culprits.
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    Jitendra Tilak
    Jun 3, 2014 at 5:33 pm
    What a great 150 year old law for killing people. Bailable and maximum punishment for 2 years!!! This law was created by British to save their official who could afford vehicles at that time. Does Modi government have guts to change Indian Motor Vehicle Act and other IPC laws that were created to save culprits.
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    Joseph R Stephen
    Jun 3, 2014 at 3:33 pm
    That is how everyone drives in India.There is liquor shops in many states where people drink and then drive.Many trucks , public buses push smaller vehicles in narrow carriage ways and move forward.rest of the small vehicles push all the pedestrians, school children, elderly .....to the edges and run ....This is a mad country. We need one traffic rule for the entire country. Very high penalties for traffic violations. Proper roads , totally safe roads for elderly, school children and other pedestrians.Unless we really change ...nothing will change in our country.
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    HowdyNSA
    Jun 3, 2014 at 2:15 pm
    So which party does Gurvinder work for?
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    Bala Raja
    Jun 4, 2014 at 11:32 am
    Because they think drinking gives clear state of mind for driving as projected in Bollywood, Kollywood and other wood movies....Same way Women are shown as toys and Boys make mistake as said by Mulyam and family...
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