A Delhi court on Friday allowed the police to take palm prints of Uber rape accused Shiv Kumar Yadav amid fumbling by the police to explain why the same was not done earlier.
While the sad spectacle of Yadav’s wife fainting and then wailing her husband’s innocence unfolded outside, the court of metropolitan magistrate RK Pandey spared the police a scolding for giving two contradictory explanations as to why the prints were not taken till date.
The investigating officer of the case earlier told the court that the forensic team had asked for the palm prints as the police had taken only the fingerprints of the accused as per procedure. Confusion started when police officers gave two different versions — the SHO of the Sarai Rohilla police station told the court that the prints had been taken but were “blurred”, whereas the investigating officer said the palm prints had not been taken at all.
According to sources, palm prints and fingerprints, suspected to belong to Yadav, have been found on the backseat of the cab in which the alleged rape took place on the night of December 5. The police also informed the court that the fingerprints had been matched with the crime scene, and the initial forensic report has been filed with the chargesheet.
Yadav was also given a copy of the chargesheet by the court of metropolitan magistrate Ajay Kumar Malik, who then asked his counsel to scrutinise the documents “immediately”.
The court also told the counsel that since the case was “sensitive”, it would be heard on a day-to-day basis and no adjournments would be granted.
The court has now fixed Monday to take cognizance and commit the case to the sessions court. The judicial custody of Yadav has also been extended till January 5.