The Uber cab driver accused of raping a 27-year-old executive has been a serial sexual offender and was out on bail in a rape case in 2013 besides being involved in similar case in 2011, police said today calling him a “big time rogue”. Let us take a look at the top 10 key developments till date:
- After arresting 32-year-old Shiv Kumar Yadav on Monday, Delhi police found that his criminal record includes a case of assault on a woman in 2003, an arms case in 2006 and a rape case in 2013. Police also maintained that Yadav had a permit to operate a taxi issued by the Transport Department, but the documents were forged.
- Delhi government on Monday banned Uber from operating in and around the capital by the Delhi government yesterday. Later, Delhi government along with Uber banned 20 other cab services. They are also likely to be blacklisted, leaving thousands of drivers unemployed, and cutting off women from a service that was seen as safe.
- Regarding ban, Rajnath Singh and Nitin Gadkari drew swords. On one hand Home Minister Rajnath Singh wrote to all states to consider banning internet-based taxi services; Nitin Gadkari on the other hand commented that “banning services is not a solution to the problem.”
- Seeking a detailed report on the cab issue, National security adviser, Ajit Doval has sought a report from the Delhi Police commissioner, BS Bassi.
- On Tuesday, Delhi police also charged the taxi service for cheating and defying government orders. An FIR was filed against the company on Tuesday and the executives were questioned by investigators for the second day in a row.
- Uber executives questioned by the police have ceded that they did not verify the background of the driver, Shiv Kumar Yadav, who joined the firm six months ago. The investigation also revealed that the company had employed 4000 drivers without verification, who were removed after receiving any complaint against them.
- Delhi Commission for Women has summoned the local chief executive officer of international taxi-booking service Uber and seek a detailed investigation in the issue. The DCW, which had summoned top officials of Uber Asia over the alleged rape incident, said the company executives have admitted that there were lapses on their part.
- The parents of rape-accused Uber driver Shiv Kumar Yadav have asked the government to punish their son if found guilty.
- In an apparent reference to Uber, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today said the private taxi firm was found in violation of payment system norms as the “gateway” was outside the country but subsequent media reports suggested that it has now put a local mechanism in place.
- US city of Portland, Spain and Thailand today ordered US online taxi booking company Uber to cease operations immediately for improperly using cars and unregistered drivers, a day after the firm was barred in New Delhi over the alleged rape incident in a taxi plying for it.
- Police has summoned two friends of the Uber cab driver, accused of raping a 27-year-old executive, for questioning. The duo, identified as Gaurav and Kamal, are friends of 32-year-old Shiv Kumar Yadav, who used to drive Swift Dzire cab at times.
- A week before a young executive was raped by Uber cab driver Shiv Kumar Yadav in Delhi, the popular app-based taxi service had received a complaint about the same driver from a woman Nidhi Shah, who alleged that the driver kept staring at her during the taxi ride on November 26.