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Uber cab rape case: Fast-track trial completed in just 17 days

The prosecution, which had cited 44 witnesses in the charge sheet, examined 28 of them, dropping 16 saying they were not relevant.

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi |
January 31, 2015 6:41:49 pm

Prosecution on Saturday completed recording of evidence in the Uber cab rape case as part of the fast-track trial in a Delhi court, taking just 17 days.

The prosecution closed the evidence with the recording of statement of investigating officer of the case, Delhi Police Sub Inspector Renu.

The prosecution, which had cited 44 witnesses in the charge sheet, examined 28 of them, dropping 16 saying they were not relevant.

Additional Sessions Judge Kaveri Baweja, who had started the trial on January 15, fixed February three to record the statement of the accused driver, 32-year-old Shiv Kumar Yadav.

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“Special Public Prosecutor Atul Shrivastava states that all the relevant prosecution witnesses have been examined and no other witness is left to be examined.

“Accordingly, prosecution evidence is closed. Put up the matter for February 3, 2015 for recording of statement of the accused,” the judge said.

During the hearing, the IO in her cross examination by Yadav’s counsel Aalok Dwivedi denied his suggestion that she has not probed the case properly and fairly.

The officer deposed that sections 376(2)(m) (endangering a woman’s life while raping her) of the IPC was added in the case on December 23, 2014 on the basis of victim’s statement that Yadav had tried to strangulate her and thereby endangered her life while committing rape.

The police officer also denied suggestions like that the entire story of the prosecution was concocted or she was deposing falsely in the court.

The IO, whose statement was recorded for three consecutive days, also said it was correct that finger or palm prints were not lifted from the neck of the victim before she was medically examined.

Earlier, the business head of Uber Asia had confirmed that Yadav was working for his company and said he had diverted the vehicle from the actual route for which it had been booked.

The court has recorded statements of 28 prosecution witnesses including the victim who had identified Yadav as the one who had raped her.

A forensic expert had told the court that the samples, lifted from the cab, had matched with the DNA profiling of the accused and the victim.

The court has framed charges against Yadav under various sections of the Indian Penal Code for alleged offences of endangering a woman’s life while raping her, kidnapping with an intent to compel her for marriage, criminally intimidating and causing hurt.

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