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‘Rapist cabbie’ gets 14-day judicial custody, Uber apologises

The Uber cab driver, who allegedly raped a young executive on December 5 night, was produced before a court, which sent him to a 14-day judicial custody, on Thursday. Uber also issued a statement on Thursday, through which it apologised and said it will assist authorities to help bring the accused to justice as it expressed hope of operating in the city again. The US-based company further said that events of the week have made it look into its operations in India and they are taking a number of important actions.

Meanwhile, the forged document used by the accused cab driver, Shiv Kumar Yadav (32), has now revealed a nexus – between car financers, ‘agents’ who produce forged documents and touts – which police claimed to have discovered only after this case. The agent has been detained in this regard. He disclosed a few names in the business, and all of them were summoned to the Sarai Rohilla police station in north Delhi for questioning, said a police official.

According to police, the Swift Dzire cab, in which the crime was committed on December 5 night, was procured by Yadav in June 2014. Yadav had managed a large part of the cost by selling a part of his father’s property at his village in Uttar Pradesh.

Rest of the money was managed by his close friend Gaurav Thakral, who is also a cab driver in Delhi and a SIM card issued on his name was used by Yadav during the crime. “Gaurav had good contacts, through which he arranged around Rs 2.5 lakh for Yadav’s car. They procured the car through a financier in Delhi, whom Gaurav knew. And it was the financier who had helped them in getting the forged documents done by one of his agents,” said a senior police official. On Thursday, Uber issued a statement saying, “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.” It claimed they are conducting an audit of verification, rider feedback, support processes.

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