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.”