New Delhi: A Delhi court on Wednesday fixed April 8 for hearing the case in which the CBI has chargesheeted a driver who was driving a car that collided with Union Minister Gopinath Munde's vehicle leading to his death here in June last year.
Gurvinder Singh, who was chargesheeted in the case, appeared before Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Sanjay Khanagwal in pursuance to summons issued against him and he was supplied with the copy of documents filed along with the final report.
The court had on December 5 last year summoned Singh after taking cognisance of CBI's charge sheet filed under sections 279 (rash driving) and 304-A (causing death by rash and negligent act) of the Indian Penal Code.
Singh, who was arrested by Delhi Police, was granted bail by a court on June 3 last year. The case was later transferred to the CBI.
CBI, in its charge sheet, alleged that Singh was driving an Indica car on June 3 last 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.
Referring to a report prepared by experts of IIT Delhi, CBI had 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 spot where the incident took place.
Singh's car had collided with the official vehicle of the minister 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 last year.
64-year-old Munde was rushed to AIIMS but he succumbed to injuries sustained in the accident.
Munde, a popular backward class leader from Maharashtra, had died due to shock and hemorrhage following injuries to his neck and liver in the road accident, CBI has said.
Munde had just a few days ago taken charge as the Rural Development Minister in the Narendra Modi government.
Singh had earlier alleged that the Minister's driver had jumped the traffic signal leading to the accident.
If found guilty for the offences punishable under sections 279, 304-A of IPC, an accused has to undergo a prison sentence of a maximum of two years.