New Delhi: A Delhi court on Tuesday framed charges for the offences of rape, kidnapping and criminal intimidation against Uber cab driver accused of raping a 25-year-old woman executive in December last year.
Additional Sessions Judge Kaveri Baweja framed charges against Shiv Kumar Yadav, accused of raping a 25-year-old woman executive, for offences under sections 376(2)(m) (while committing rape causing grievous bodily harm or endangering life of a woman), 366 (kidnapping or abducting woman with an intent to compel her for marriage), 506(criminal intimidation) and 323(voluntarily causing hurt) of the Indian Penal Code.
The judge also ordered trial on day-to-day basis in the case from January 15.
Yadav, 32, who was driving the cab, had allegedly raped the woman on the night of 5 December, last year when the victim, who works for a finance company in Gurgaon, was headed back to her home in north Delhi's Inderlok area.
Yadav created a bit of a drama by initially refusing to sign on the charge order and arguing with the judge, while alleging that arguments on charges were not advanced in his presence and claiming that he was not given a chance to engage a lawyer for himself.
Later, after being assured by the judge that nothing wrong was being done to him and all legal procedures were being followed by the court, he agreed and gave it in writing that he was signing the order on charge at his own will.
During the last hearing special public prosecutor Atul Srivastava informed the court that Yadav has caused injuries to victim while committing rape and swelling on lower lips and some scratch marks were found on the woman during her medical examination.
Yadav was arrested on 7 December from Mathura in a joint operation by Delhi and Uttar Pradesh police and produced before the court on 8 December.
The police had filed the chargesheet against Yadav on December 24, 19 days after the incident for alleged offences punishable under sections 376 (rape), 366 (kidnapping or abducting woman with an intent to compel her for marriage), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) under IPC.
In the over 100-page charge sheet, police cited 44 prosecution witnesses in support of its case.
Police also relied on forensic evidence and placed on record the route map of the car in which the offence was committed.