New Delhi, Dec 9: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday said all the states and Union Territories have been asked to ensure that unlicensed web-based cab services like Uber are banned from operating.
Making a statement on the sequence of events in the recent Uber Cab rape case in the Rajya Sabha, the Home Minister said the car in which the incident took place on Friday had been brought to New Delhi and a forensic investigation was underway.
He said “the government of India strongly condemns this dastardly act. It will be ensured that all necessary steps are taken to bring the offender to justice.”
Earlier in the day, Delhi Police Commissioner B.S. Bassi said that a case had been registered and an investigation was underway against the accused Uber cab driver for forging his character certificate.
Bassi said: “An FIR has been registered over the forged signatures; strict action will be taken against those responsible. After arresting the accused, we produced the driver before court, have been given custody of him for three days, and are [currently] interrogating him.”
Uber, an international taxi-booking service, was debarred from plying in the national capital on Monday after the incident. The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) has also summoned the local Chief Executive Officer of the international taxi-booking service.
The Delhi Police has lodged an FIR against Uber under IPC sections 420, 34, and 188 for cheating customers on the pretext of providing safe commuting with duly verified driver. The police will also reportedly continue questioning officials of the taxi service in Delhi.
Meanwhile, the lawyer for the accused in the recent Uber Cab rape case claimed that a conspiracy was being hatched against his client. He, however, confirmed that the latter has been sent to a three-day police remand.
“My client has been booked under IPC 376, among other sections. I have not received a copy of the FIR as of now. A submission was given in court that he might indulge in evidence-tampering, due to which, he has been sent to a three-day police remand,” Alok Dubey, the lawyer for the accused, told a news agency.
When asked about his client’s arrest in 2011 for a similar crime, Dubey denied claims that his client was a serial offender, adding
“While it is true that he was arrested for rape in 2011, he was later acquitted with a clean character certificate.”
The lawyer said: “This is a conspiracy against my client. The police issued the certificate, and now, they are denying that the officer who signed it was posted at that station.”
The Uber cab driver is accused of raping a 27-year-old woman passenger on Friday. The incident resulted in the Delhi government banning Uber from functioning in the national capital even as the company issued a statement assuring its full co-operation to help the victim and her family in their recovery.
Former AAP leader Shazia Ilmi said that merely imposing a ban on certain taxi services in the light of the recent Uber Cab rape case would not achieve the desired result.
She instead suggested a complete overhaul of the entire public transport system to ensure the safety of women.
She told a news agency: “Putting a ban on a private taxi agency won’t solve the matter. The entire transport system needs to have safety measures for women.”
Meanwhile, the Delhi Transport Department told media that the vehicle used in the incident had violated existing travel and traffic norms.
“The vehicle was working in New Delhi as local cab as against a permit for all India. Whatever civil and criminal action is to be taken against anyone will be taken,” Transport Department Special Commissioner Kuldeep Singh Ganger said.
The Delhi Police has lodged an FIR against Uber for cheating customers on the pretext of providing safe commuting with duly verified driver. The police will also reportedly continue questioning officials of the taxi service in Delhi.
The Delhi Government had on Monday banned Uber from functioning in the national capital even as the company issued a statement assuring its full co-operation to help the victim and her family in their recovery.
(With Agency Inputs)