Police probe of Uber rape case shoddy, claims accused

  • Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Sep 28, 2015 23:25 IST
Police escort Uber cab driver Shiv Kumar Yadav who is accused of raping a woman executive in New Delhi. (HT File Photo)

Uber rape accused Shiv Kumar Yadav, who is facing trial for allegedly raping a 25-year-old woman in his car, accused the police of botching up the probe to falsely implicate him.

Yadav’s counsel, while continuing the final arguments in the case, said there were several missing links in the investigation of the police and several documents were “planted” by the probe agency.

“There were several improvements in the woman’s statements and she was also supporting the shoddy and botched up probe of the police. Police was planting evidence and she was supporting it,” Yadav’s counsel DK Mishra told additional sessions judge Kaveri Baweja.

He argued that for three days after incident till December 8, 2014, the woman in her statements to the police and also before a magistrate had mentioned the name of the accused as “Gaurav” which she had come to know through mobile application ‘Truecaller’.

How could the police know that the name of the accused was Shiv Kumar Yadav and proceed to arrest him, the counsel argued.

“This showed planting and manufacturing of evidence by police,” the counsel claimed.

He further alleged the “woman deliberately identified a wrong person as the accused in the case and it was not his client Yadav who was involved in the alleged incident”.

The woman’s friend who had booked the cab for her, an important witness, was not examined by the police for 10 days after the incident, he claimed.

His arguments are set to continue on Tuesday. The court also recorded the testimony of the accused in which he termed the charge against him as “false”.

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