Delhi cab rape case: As it happened on Thursday

Karnataka government has decided to ban Uber cab service in the state, following similar bans in Delhi, Hyderabad and Maharashtra.

Delhi cab rape case: As it happened on Thursday

9:50 pm: An agent of a finance company, who allegedly helped the Uber rape case accused Shiv Kumar Yadav to procure a fake character certificate to get All India Tourist Permit, has been detained, police said today. The 32-year-old cab driver, during interrogation, had told police that he had procured fake character certificate issued in the name of an Additional DCP of Delhi Police from an agent of the finance company agent, as per PTI. "We have detained the agent named by Yadav. During questioning, the agent told us he had procured it from another person who was yet to be identified. We will make arrests only when we unearth the entire chain through which the fake certificate was obtained," Deputy Commissioner of Police (North) Madhur Verma said.

9:05 pm: Andhra Pradesh government today said no web-based taxi service can operate in the state as it had not given a license to any such operator. "Government of Andhra Pradesh has not given licence to any web-based taxi service," transport commissioner G Anantha Ramu said, as per PTI.

9:00 pm: Uber today apologised and said it will assist authorities to help bring the accused to justice as it expressed hope of operating in the city again. "We are sorry and deeply saddened by what happened over the weekend in New Delhi. Our hearts go out to the victim of this horrible crime. We have been and will continue to do everything in our power to assist the authorities to help bring the perpetrator to justice," Uber said in a statement issued today, as per PTI.

8:25 pm: In a first of its kind project in the country, mini drones fitted with night vision cameras will be used to patrol the streets of the national capital by the Delhi Police in order to make the city safer for women. The project will be launched in north district area by next month. Incidentally, the Uber rape case took place in the same area this Friday.

8:05 pm: BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi today stressed the need for formulating a long-term strategy to prevent crime against women as "knee-jerk reaction" was not the solution to such problems. "After the recent rape incident, we got to see several knee-jerk reactions, which is not the solution to such problems. We need a long-term strategy to prevent such crimes," Lekhi said, as per PTI.

6:50 pm: The investigating officer in the Uber cab rape case today came under fire by a Delhi court when she was unable to respond properly to its queries, including that on the probe into the alleged fake licence possessed by the accused driver. "Whether the driving licence of Yadav was genuine or fake and when was he hired by the cab provider firm," Metropolitan Magistrate Ravindra Kumar Pandey asked Investigating Officer Renu who remained silent, as per PTI. When she was unable to reply, the court asked, "Who is the real IO in the case? She does not know anything." This prompted another police officer to respond to the court's query, saying 32-year-old driver Shiv Kumar Yadav's licence has been found to be fake and he was employed by the firm a month ago.

4:10 pm: The Delhi court has sent Shiv Kumar Yadav to judicial custody till December 24.

4:05 pm: Delhi Police have told the court that they have recovered a fake driving licence from Yadav.

4:00 pm: According to reports, Yadav has told during police interrogation that he was good looking and an incarnation of Kamdev.

3:50 pm: Delhi rape case accused Shiv Kumar Yadav has been produced before a Delhi court at Tis Hazari. Police are unlikely to seek an extension of his custody. Yadav may today be sent to judicial custody.

12:50 pm: Uber needs to ensure safety of its passengers in the markets it operates, Yahoo chairman Maynard Webb has said in the aftermath of the California-based ride-sharing company facing backlash in India over the alleged rape of a woman by one of its drivers.

"I think they have to take a look at what are we doing to make sure that passengers are safe wherever they are," Webb said. "You have to be in the country and you have to iterate and change and adopt, and you have to have enough of a base to understand what would be the issues. Frankly, as bad as that situation is, that same thing could happen with a driver in the US here," he said in an interview to Bloomberg TV yesterday.

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12:40 pm: Accused cab driver Shiv Kumar Yadav will be produced in a Delhi court at 2 pm, say reports.

10:20 am: Karnataka government has decided to ban Uber cab service in the state, following similar bans in Delhi, Hyderabad and Maharashtra.

09:30 am: TV reports said a plea has been filed in the Delhi High Court against Uber over the company not having a grievance redressal officer.

09:05 am: Reports say Karnataka is mulling to ban web-based Uber cab booking service. Similar bans have already been imposed in cities like Delhi, Mumbai and Hyderabad.

08:30 am: The custody of cab driver Shiv Kumar Yadav, accused of raping a 25-year-old woman on December 05 night here, ends on Thursday. Police are unlikely to seek extension of Yadav's custody.

"We have enough evidence against Shiv Kumar Yadav. We will not urge the court to extend his police remand," Deputy Commissioner of Police Madhur Verma told a news agency yesterday.

Verma also revealed that the iPhone used by the accused at the time of the crime has been recovered from his home in Mathura. Police received a forensic report on Wednesday.

There are other evidences with police which it is not willing to spell out at this stage.

On Wednesday, the Delhi Police had questioned radio taxi company Uber's Asia-Pacific head Eric Alexander for the second consecutive day in mounting problems for the US-based company that has faced trouble in several countries.

Alexander arrived at the office of deputy commissioner of police, north Delhi, at around 6:30 pm along with his lawyers and was questioned for one and half hours.

He expressed his sympathy for the victim but did not answer a query about a complaint made to the company against Yadav by a NRI woman about 10 days back. Yadav was among drivers attached to Uber and ferried passengers who availed the company's services.

In her complaint to Uber, Nidhi Shah had alleged that Yadav kept staring at her through the mirror during the taxi ride on November 26.

Yadav, 32, was arrested on Sunday evening from Mathura in Uttar Pradesh and was sent by a court to three days' police custody.

(With IANS inputs)