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Uber cab driver’s rape trial to begin on January 15

A court here on Tuesday framed rape and other charges against a Uber cab driver accused of sexually assaulting a woman executive here on December 5 amid high drama as he refused to sign the order.

Later, the accused pleaded not guilty and sought trial in the case.

Additional Sessions Judge Kaveri Baweja framed charges under sections 376(2)(m) (while committing rape causing grievous bodily harm or endangering life of a woman), 366 (kidnapping or abducting woman), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) of the Indian Penal Code against Shiv Kumar Yadav.

The court fixed January 15 for recording of statement of prosecution witnesses in the case including the victim. The trial will be conducted on day-to-day basis.

Meanwhile, a high voltage drama was created inside the court room after Yadav refused to sign on the copy of order on charges, claiming that the arguments on charges were not advanced in his presence and he was not given a chance to engage a lawyer for himself.

At this, the court responded that he was present during the argument on charge.
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