Uber cab rape case: Delhi Police files chargesheet against accused driver

Delhi Police on Wednesday filed chargesheet in Tis Hazari court against Uber cab driver, who is accused of raping a 27-year-old woman.

Uber cab rape case: Delhi Police files chargesheet against accused driver

New Delhi: Delhi Police on Wednesday filed chargesheet in Tis Hazari court against Uber cab driver, who is accused of raping a 27-year-old woman.

The police have filed the chargesheet under charges of rape, abduction, threat to life and other several charges. The Metropolitan Magistrate Ajay Kumar Malik has fixed the date of January 2, 2015 for consideration of the chargesheet. The court has also extended the judicial custody of the driver till then.

The charges included in the chargesheet are sections 376 (rape), 366 (kidnapping or abducting woman with an intent to compel her for marriage), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) of IPC.

The investigating officer told the court that the police have cited 44 prosecution witnesses in support of their case.

The police said that they have relied on the forensic evidence and also placed on record the route map of the car in which the offence was committed.

According to the police, the ordeal took place during the two-and-a-half hours she had to spend in the cab after being picked up by the driver.

Yadav was produced before the magistrate with his face covered after expiry of his 13-day judicial custody. His wife was also present during the hearing.

Meanwhile, the Delhi High court today refused to lift the ban on plying of Uber cab services in the national capital imposed after one of its drivers was arrested for allegedly raping a woman passenger.

Justice Vibhu Bakhru, however, asked petitioner Uber India Systems Pvt Ltd to give its representation to Delhi government's transport department on December 29.

The court also declined Uber's request that it should be granted the relief in parity with the OLA cab, which has been allowed to operate in the Capital for the time being.

"It is not identical. The person pays to the taxi person there and in your case the payments are accepted through other mode. We are not staying the order, but we would like them (Delhi government) to hear you. The concerned officers of the department shall pass a speaking order after considering all the points raised by the petitioner (Uber)," the court said, adding that Uber should give their representation on Monday.

The court, meanwhile, has kept pending the petition and listed it for further hearing on January 6, 2015.

It also said that the Uber India system shall provide necessary contact details including e-mail addresses on which the communication in this regard be sent.

The court order came on a plea moved by Uber, through senior counsel Rajiv Nayar, who sought quashing of the public notice issued on December 8 blacklisting Uber from providing any transport service in the national capital.

The counsel also said that he was not provided fair and proper hearing in accordance with the principles of natural justice before issuance of the public notice.

Yadav, who was driving the cab, had allegedly raped the woman on the night of December 5 when the victim, who works for a finance company in Gurgaon, was headed back to her home in north Delhi's Inderlok area.

He was arrested on December 7 from Mathura in a joint operation by Delhi and Uttar Pradesh Police and produced before the court on December 8.

(With PTI inputs)