New Delhi (PTI): A Delhi court on Tuesday convicted Uber driver Shiv Kumar Yadav in last year’s rape case of a 25-year-old finance executive.
The incident took place on the night of December 5 last year when the victim, a finance executive working in Gurgaon, was heading back to her house at Inderlok.
Yadav was arrested on December 7, 2014 from Mathura and was in judicial custody.
Court convicted driver for offences of endangering woman’s life while raping her, abducting and criminally intimidating her.
Special Public Prosecutor Atul Shrivastava had earlier said that an accused can be convicted on the basis of sole testimony of the victim if it is trustworthy.
But Additional Sessions Judge Kaveri Baweja had on October 7 reserved the verdict after concluding hearing final arguments from both the sides in the case.
He had said there was sufficient evidence on record to hold Yadav guilty in the case and none of the 28 prosecution witnesses has spoken contrary to the police case.
Advocate DK Mishra, appearing for Yadav, had argued that there were several contradictions in the prosecution’s story and the alleged victim’s version and false evidence was planted to implicate his client.
He had also argued that the woman had made various improvements in her statements before the court and police. The Supreme Court had earlier set aside the Delhi High Court order allowing the accused to re-examine 13 prosecution witnesses, including the victim.
The woman and the Delhi Police had moved the top court against the high court order. The proceedings in the case were stayed by the Supreme Court for six months from March 10 to September 10.
The trial court has framed charges against Yadav under the Indian Penal Code for alleged offences of endangering a woman’s life while raping her, abducting with an intent to compel her for marriage and criminally intimidating and causing hurt.
The court had also recorded the testimony of the accused in which he termed the charge against him as “false”.
Uber rape: Cab driver convicted
New Delhi, Oct 20 (IANS) A court here on Tuesday convicted Uber driver Shiv Kumar Yadav for raping a woman executive on the night of December 5, 2014 in the cab she hired to head back home in Delhi’s Inderlok area.
According to the police, Yadav drove the woman to an isolated place and raped her.