Delhi court sends Uber driver Shiv Kumar Yadav in jail till Dec 24

Uber driver Shiv Kumar Yadav

New Delhi, Dec 11: A Delhi court on Thursday sent Uber driver Shiv Kumar Yadav, who is accused of raping a woman passenger, to jail till December 24.

According to reports, Metropolitan Magistrate Ravindra Kumar Pandey sent Shiv Kumar Yadav to Tihar Jail after the investigating officer (IO) said that his custodial interrogation was not necessary as a mobile phone and clothes, which the accused was wearing at the time of the incident, have been recovered.

The officer, however, submitted before the court that the investigation in the case was still on.

Appearing for the accused, the legal aid counsel said the investigation was complete and Yadav be sent to judicial custody.

It may be noted that the police Officials interrogating the Uber driver termed him as a “master of lies” and a “highly deceptive” person.

The 32-year-old taxi driver has emerged as a serial sexual offender and was out on bail in a rape case in 2013, besides being involved in a similar case in 2011.

A senior police official reportedly said: “He hides most of the things and confesses only about things he knows that we already are aware of. He is a master of lies and highly deceptive.”

“When we ask him about his previous involvements, he tries to give alibis and claims that he has not been convicted in any of them,” the official said.

After it came to light that he had been accused in at least three cases of rape and one of molestation, investigators were trying to ascertain whether he had victimised other women using his cab. When asked about it, Yadav gestures in the negative, the official said.

Delhi Police has asked their UP counterparts to provide details of the previous involvements of Yadav to strengthen their case against him.

The Delhi Police want to file a watertight charge sheet against him in the next two weeks and his past criminal record will help them in doing so.

It may be noted that Uber is also facing a ban in Spain and Thailand, for operating unlicensed and uninsured taxi services, in a fresh spate of clampdowns on the web-based taxi company. The cab service has already been banned in Delhi and was thrown out of Netherlands.

(With Agency Inputs)

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