A character certificate allegedly issued in favour of cab driver Shiv Kumar Yadav, who faces charges of raping a woman passenger, from the additional CP’s (south-east district) office was forged, the police claimed on Monday.
The police are probing for what purpose Yadav used the ‘forged certificate’. Prima facie, the police suspect that Yadav had used the document to register as a driver with Uber taxi booking services.
A separate case of cheating and forgery will be registered against Yadav by Tuesday, police said.
Yadav, 32, had earlier spent nearly seven months in jail between 2011 and 2012 over another rape charge. He was acquitted when the victim allegedly turned hostile and the court found contradictions in her statement.
The Delhi Police learnt about his character certificate after HT broke the news online and posted a photocopy of the document on Monday afternoon.
In less than an hour, Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi ordered an enquiry into the matter and asked DCP (south-east) Mandeep Singh Randhwa to probe it.
“We checked our records thoroughly and found that no such certificate was issued in May this year in favour of Yadav from our office,” said Randhawa. They were trying to find the source through which the character certificate surfaced. A senior police officer said the character certificate was issued to Yadav in May this year -- he was arrested in a rape case in 2011 and later acquitted by the court in 2012.
The certificate had the signature of additional DCP (south-east), LT Hrangchal. Interestingly, Hrangchal was transferred out of Delhi in February 2013.
“The residential address of Yadav mentioned in the character certificate does not fall under the territorial jurisdiction of the Ambedkar Nagar police station. However, the certificate says that Yadav’s antecedents were verified from the Ambedkar Nagar police station. Moreover, the certificate has the signature of additional DCP (south-east), LT Hrangchal but it does not have the official stamp of the additional DCP,” the officer added.
Yadav said during interrogation that he was last arrested on December 13, 2011 after a 22-year-old Gurgaon-based pub staffer registered rape and criminal intimidation charges against him at the Mehrauli police station. In July, 2012, he was acquitted in that case.
In the previous case, he had raped his customer in the cab minutes after being hired. The woman had hired Yadav’s cab from a local taxi stand in Gurgaon.
According to the FIR, a copy of which is with HT, Yadav took the cab to an isolated spot in a jungle in Chhattarpur. He raped the woman at knife-point and later dumped her in Mehrauli. He was apprehended on the basis of his mobile phone number and registration number of the cab.