Uber cabbie accuses police of conducting ‘unfair investigation’

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Feb 27, 2015 23:41 IST

Former Uber cab driver Shiv Kumar Yadav, accused of raping his 25-year-old passenger last year, told a Delhi court on Friday that the city police did not carry out a fair investigation in the matter.

Yadav’s counsel DK Mishra told additional sessions judge Kaveri Baweja that the Delhi police’s investigation of the rape case against him was compromised.

Citing HT’s report that victim’s father is being threatened, Yadav’s lawyer orally requested the court to issue a direction for lodging an FIR regarding the matter. The final arguments of the case are set to be heard on Saturday.

Mishra also alleged that the police deliberately planted a false case against Yadav, citing various loopholes in the investigation, including different statements by the victim before the police control room (PCR) and the first information report (FIR).

He also raised questions over dropping the victim’s fiancé as a witness in the case and not verifying phone call records, SMS and WhatsApp conversations between the woman, her fiancé (who booked the cab for the victim using the Uber application) and her friend.

According to the chargesheet, the SMS that the victim intended to send to her fiancé telling him about the incident mistakenly got sent to Yadav’s number.

Mishra added that the police relied on and consulted various documents in the case, but did not file the complete documents along with the chargesheet.

The prosecution completed recording evidence in just 17 days on January 31.

According to the police, the woman executive was allegedly raped by the 32-year-old Yadav on the night of December 5, 2014 in the cab she hired to head back home, in north Delhi’s Inderlok area.

The court had framed charges of rape, causing grievous bodily harm and endangering the life of a woman, kidnapping, criminal intimidation and voluntarily causing hurt against Yadav under various sections of the Indian Penal Code on January 13.

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