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Police file case, plan to question Uber CEO

delhi Updated: Dec 10, 2014 01:23 IST
Karn Pratap Singh
Karn Pratap Singh
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The Delhi police may interrogate Uber CEO Travis Kalanick and other top officials in a case of cheating, violation of lawful orders and common intention, registered against the firm at the Sarai Rohilla police station. They plan to send them a red corner notice through Interpol.

The FIR against Uber was registered on Tuesday afternoon after the police during their investigation into the rape of a 25-year-old financial analyst found Uber allegedly misleading passengers in India by claiming they do a background verification on their drivers.

A senior investigating officer told HT that the process of sending a red corner notice to top Uber officials would take time as several formalities have to be completed before sending the formal request to Interpol.

The first alternative as per the rules is to send a ‘letter rogatory (LR), a formal request from a court to a foreign court for some type of judicial assistance. For obtaining the LR, the Delhi police would request the Lieutenant Governor to send an affidavit to the concerned Delhi court for issuing the LR.

“The Delhi court will send the LR to the US court concerned that would ask the local police to help the Delhi police in their investigation. The other option is to contact Interpol through the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and issue the red corner notice against top Uber officials,” said the officer adding the ministry of external affairs (MEA) can also interfere into the issue by asking its ambassador in US for co-operation.

On being asked about the reason behind the FIR, the senior officer said Uber was allegedly cheating customers in India by claiming they verify drivers and owners of taxis before registering them on their website.

“Our investigation, however, revealed that no such verification was being done by Uber in India. This means they were circulating wrong information to people here who were using their services. This violation certainly attracts a cheating case against them,” said the officer.

Meanwhile, Uber officials were asked by the Delhi Police to join their investigations on Tuesday. Officials said they were questioned on the procedure they follow while registering a cab driver.