Uber Rape case: Accused Being Framed Claims His Counsel
Shiv Kumar Yadav, the accused in the Uber case; Credits: AFP
NEW DELHI: Close to a year into the case and the Uber rape incident seems far from heading towards an expected closure. If one were to go by the recent arguments of the Counsel for the accused, the case is getting more mysterious if anything.
The counsel, D K Mishra, argued in the latest hearing that the police have conducted a “botched and shoddy” investigation into the case, and it is falsely trying to implicate the accused as the criminal. Shiv Kumar Yadav, the Uber cab driver, is accused of raping a 25 year old MNC executive, when she was heading back to her home in his cab late in night from Gurgaon.
Mishra, in his closing arguments in the case, pointed out irregularities owing to a biased investigation and said that there were several missing links in the victim’s story.
“There were several improvements in the woman’s statements and she was also supporting the shoddy and botched up probe of the police. Police was planting the evidence and she was supporting it,” Counsel was heard as telling to Additional Sessions Judge, Kaweri Baweja.
He further argued that, three days after the incident, the victim, in her deposition before magistrate and also the police, had confirmed the name of the rapist as one “Gaurav”, which she had found out from “True Caller” app. He contended that how is it that the police came to know that the accused is Yadav and not, as alleged by the woman some “Gaurav”.
“How could the police know that the name of the accused was Shiv Kumar Yadav and proceed to arrest him? This shows planting and manufacturing of evidence by police… the woman deliberately identified a wrong person as the accused in the case and it was not his client involved in the alleged incident,” he claimed.
The incident had happened in December last year. The victim had alleged that the accused raped her at the knife point in the cab after waylaying her to a desolate stretch nearby Inderlok area of North Delhi. The victim had admitted to have slept in the cab and then woke up to find the accused with a knife to her throat.