Driver permit: Police and Transport play ping-pong

The police verification document certified Yadav’s clean record, despite a case of rape being registered against him in 2011.

Written by Ananya Bhardwaj , MAYURA JANWALKAR | New Delhi | Updated: December 9, 2014 2:01 am
kumar-l olice take away rape accused taxi driver Shiv Kumar Yadav after he was produced before a Magistrate Court in New Delhi on Monday.

After it emerged that the Uber cab driver, accused of raping a customer in an Uber taxi, may have submitted “forged” police verification documents, the Delhi Transport department and the Delhi Police played ‘pass-the-buck’ to evade responsibility for the lapse.

On Monday, the Transport department claimed that Shiv Kumar Yadav was issued a permit after he submitted a signed Delhi police verification form. The Delhi Police, on the other hand, maintained that the document was forged.

On Saturday, a finance company executive, who had booked a taxi through Uber, was allegedly raped by Yadav, the driver, in a secluded spot near Inderlok.

According to the Transport department, the vehicle in which the woman was allegedly raped was granted an All India Tourist Permit on May 28, 2014, after “due verification of character and antecedents” of the permit holder — Shiv Kumar Yadav. However, police claimed that the signature on the form had been forged.

The police verification document, dated May 2014, certified Yadav’s clean record, despite a case of rape being registered against him in 2011. During investigation, police found that Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police, Southeast Delhi, L T Hrangchal, whose signature the form bears, was posted to Mizoram on February 18, 2013.

Special Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Deepak Mishra said they have registered a case of forgery against Yadav.
“Prima facie, it appears that the document is forged. We checked with the Southeast district office and found that no such certificate was issued by them,” Mishra said.

When contacted, Transport officials refused to comment on the same and stated that they would conduct their own investigation into the conditions under which the permit was issued.

The police verification was printed on the letterhead of Additional Commissioner of Police, Southeast Delhi, but signed by the Additional DCP. “If the content is written on the letterhead of the Additional Commissioner, then he should have been the signatory. Why is it signed by the Additional DCP?” a police officer said.

The document has been attested by a notary and does not have any file or reference number.

The address on the document, investigators said, was fake too. The form shows Yadav’s address as ‘C-II/89 Raju Park, Ist Floor, Devli Road, Delhi-62’. But, a police officer, said, “When we went to the address, the landlord told us that Yadav had never lived there.”

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    dr suresh
    Dec 9, 2014 at 1:39 pm
    it is very unfortunate that a incident like this has happened in delhi.if you really see the service provided by most of the app based taxi services have been excellent,especially in a place like banglore where a autorikshaw driver will never go where you want to go. it is because of this the taxi service has become extremly por.banning them is not the solution,a through verification of the driver is a must by any transport service before they hire a driver
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      kaveh azad
      Dec 8, 2014 at 9:16 pm
      And india express for not posting the comment. Where is democracy?
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        kaveh azad
        Dec 8, 2014 at 9:11 pm
        the Indian government that can't stop rape in the country. India has a long way to go to become civilized .Modi is another ed up conservative.
        1. H
          Dec 9, 2014 at 6:18 pm
          Cops should either be lying or this criminal must have been helped by some other professional/s in forging this doent; how can this criminal alone can obtain such a letter head? these issues must be included in the FIR and the truths must come out; so, there is no electronic, verifiable police verification system? no where in the world, any individual will be asked to get a paper certificate like this and submit it to transport? all these are loop and must be plugged; so, there is no use of bio metrics in delhi transport system yet?
          1. Janki Soni
            Dec 9, 2014 at 6:35 am
            read news in english at :visit new portal for gujarati news : :vishwagujarat/en/
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