New Delhi: A local court Friday took cognisance of CBI's charge sheet filed against a taxi driver, who was driving a car which collided with the then Union Minister Gopinath Munde's vehicle leading to his death here in June this year, and summoned the accused for January 14.
"Accused (Gurvinder Singh) is stated to be on court bail but not present today. Heard and record perused. From the material on record, the cognisance of offence under sections 279 (rash driving)/304 A (causing death by rash and negligent act) under IPC is taken. Issue summons to the accused for January 14, 2015," Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Sanjay Khanagwal said.
Singh, who was arrested by Delhi Police in connection with the case, was granted bail by a court on June 3. CBI, in its charge sheet, has alleged that Singh was driving an Indica car on June 3 this year in a rash and negligent manner and despite having a better "frontal line of vision", he failed to hear the honk by the driver of Munde's car.
"Investigation has revealed that accused Gurvinder Singh was having a better frontal line of vision than the driver of the other (Munde's) car," the agency said.
Referring to a report prepared by experts of IIT Delhi, the probe agency said Singh was driving the car in the range of 50-55 KM per hour which was in contravention of prescribed limit of 50 km per hour at that particular spot where the incident took place.
"Investigation also revealed that as per the speed analysis made by the expert of IIT Delhi, the speed of the car of accused Gurvinder Singh at the time of accident was in the range of 50-55 KMPH in contravention of the prescribed limit of 50 KMPH in that particular area. The incident occurred due to the rash and negligent driving of accused Gurvinder," CBI said.
"Accused Gurvinder Singh failed to hear the horn given by Virender Kumar (driver of Munde's car) before crossing nor did he notice the flashing beacon light of the car of Munde," CBI said, adding "the above facts disclose that accused Gurvinder Singh committed the offences punishable under section 279, 304-A IPC."
Singh's car had collided with the official vehicle of the then minister at the Aurobindo crossing at Prithviraj Road-Tughlak Road roundabout in the heart of the high security Lutyen's zone when Munde was on his way to Indira Gandhi International Airport on the morning of June 3.
64-year-old Munde was rushed to AIIMS but he succumbed to the injuries sustained in the accident.