‘Errant’ driver gets bail, experts rue weak law
Questions are being raised why the ‘errant’ driver of the Tata Indica was booked under a lenient act that got him an immediate bail when tougher provisions are available. A city court granted bail to Gurvinder Singh, accused of crashing his vehicle into the official vehicle of cabinet minister Gopinath Munde causing his death on Tuesday.
Accused Gurvinder Singh (32), resident of Mehrauli, got bail after furnishing personal and surety bond of Rs 30,000 each. The bail was granted despite the police telling the court that investigation was going on to identify if there was conspiracy behind the accident. The police sought for 14 days judicial custody. However, the court said since the offences under the section the driver was booked on were bailable, it had to grant him bail.
The accused has been booked under 304A IPC for causing death by negligence, which was bailable with a maximum punishment of two years. Commenting on the issue, senior advocate Aman Lekhi said: ‘Both sections are different. One is booked under 304 when one has the knowledge of one’s act and under 304 A when one has acted in negligence.’ Lekhi said it depends on how police presents the case.