Govt to order CBI probe into Gopinath Munde's death

Written By kom nampultig on Selasa, 10 Juni 2014 | 08.20

NEW DELHI: The Union home ministry has decided to recommend a CBI probe into the fatal accident of Union rural development minister Gopinath Munde here last week. This follows a demand by the Maharashtra unit of the BJP seeking a Central probe into allegations suggesting a possible conspiracy angle to the tragedy.

Munde was killed in a collision with a Tata Indica car while on the way to the Indira Gandhi International airport on the morning of June 3. Though the driver of the Indica car was arrested, he was later released on bail.

The indications of a CBI probe came on Tuesday morning after Union minister Nitin Gadkari and Maharashtra BJP unit chief Devendra Fadnavis met Union home minister Rajnath Singh to press for a CBI investigation into Munde's car accident. In a statement issued in Mumbai, Leader of the Opposition in the Maharashtra assembly Eknath Phadse confirmed: "This morning, Rajnath Singh telephoned me and discussed last week's accident which claimed Munde's life and said CBI would conduct a probe into it. The Union minister told me that official orders in this connection would be issued in three to four days".

According to government sources, the Union home ministry has already finalized the communication to the department of personnel, recommending that the probe into June 3 mishap be handed over to the CBI. The case is presently being investigated by the Delhi Police.

"The paperwork from the home ministry's side is almost done....the department of personnel and training (DoPT) will now take a final call on issuing a notification under Section 3 of the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act, transferring the case to the CBI," a senior home ministry official told TOI.

Soon after Munde died, doubts were raised - mostly from the state BJP leaders - on how Munde was not accompanied by security personnel when he died and how he could not survive a collision that only affected one side of the car and left all others, including his driver and PA, unharmed. The different versions of the sequence of events cited by the driver of Munde's car and the Tata Indica car has only added to speculation of a sabotage angle. home ministry,Indira Gandhi International Airport,Gopinath Munde,death,CBI probe

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