Environment panel chief dies after car in Hooda’s convoy rams into his

Former transport minister's car collides head on with retd IAS officer's vehicle

R D Sheokand, the chairman of Haryana's State Level Environment Impact Assessment Authority, died on Monday in a road accident when a vehicle in Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda's cavalcade collided head on with his car on national highway 1 in Karnal.

Sheokand, a retired IAS officer of Haryana cadre, had also been posted in the Chief Minister's Office with Hooda as the chief minister.

Hooda and former state transport minister, O P Jain, were on their way from Panipat to Chandigarh after attending several official functions. While Jain was with Hooda in his vehicle, Jain's vehicle was occupied by his PSO and driver.

On the other side of the highway, Sheokand and his friend Ranbir Lamba were travelling in a Maruti Swift Dzire and towards Delhi.

The driver of Jain's vehicle lost control and the car swerved off the road, jumped the road divider and rammed into Sheokand's vehicle, Karnal SP Shashank Anand said.

The accident took place around 5.30 pm.

"Jain's driver and gunman were following the cavalcade. Jain's driver suddenly lost control and his vehicle swerved off the road while it was climbing the highway on Karnal's GT road. The vehicle jumped the road divider and hit Sheokand's Swift Dzire in the opposite lane," the SP said.

While Sheokand died on the spot, Lamba sustained severe injuries in the accident. Jain's driver also received injuries while his gunman, who was grievously hurt, has been admitted to PGIMER in Chandigarh.

Sheokand had been in the eye of a storm during his tenure as the Haryana Public Service Commission chairperson in 2009. It has been alleged that certain candidates, including Sheokand's daughter, were favoured during postings.

Sheokand used to reside at Sector 6 in Panchkula.

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