Munde Death Case: Chargesheet against car Driver after 6 months


New Delhi, 04.12.2014

The Central Bureau of Investigation has filed a chargesheet against a private person(driver of a car) U/s 279 and 304-A of IPC in the Court of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, Patiala House Courts, New Delhi in a case relating to death of Shri Gopi Nath Munde, the then Union Minister of Rural Development (Government of India). A case was registered by CBI case relating to the accidental death of Shri Gopi Nath Munde, the then Union Minister of Rural Development on the directions of Govt. of India.

CBI took up the investigation of the case which was earlier registered by Delhi Police vide FIR No.64/2014 dated 3.6.2014 U/s 279/304A of IPC at Police Station Tughlaq Road, New Delhi.

During the investigation, CBI had taken the assistance of IIT, Delhi to inspect the scene of crime by using the latest special customised state-of-the-art forensic technology and software to ascertain the impact for such a collision of vehicles on the fateful day of June 3, 2014. The forensic team from IIT, Delhi opined that accused driver was allegedly driving his car at a speed higher than the prescribed speed limit of about 50 kmph. It was also disclosed that at the time when the collision took place, the car of victim (Shri Munde) was travelling at a relatively low speed of around 25-30 kmph. This was also corroborated by the findings of the special team of forensic scientists from IIT, Delhi. It was also disclosed that the driver of Shri Munde had also blown the horn whilst he was driving at the crossing, when the fateful collision occurred. Investigation further disclosed that the accident took place due to the rash and negligent driving of accused.

The CBI also investigated other possible lines to ascertain whether such accident could have been motivated by some criminal conspiracy, if any. The antecedents of all persons in the personal staff of the victim as well the driver and those associated with him were minutely probed to ascertain whether there could have been any ground for any collusive and planned conduct, but nothing could be found. Similarly, a specially constituted Board of Doctors from AIIMS have concluded that the injuries sustained by the victim during the accident were the ones that caused his death.

After thorough investigation, CBI filed a chargesheet.

The public is reminded that the above findings are based on the investigation done by CBI and evidence collected by it. Under the Indian Law, the accused are presumed to be innocent till their guilt is finally established after a fair trial.