New Delhi: An Uber cab driver was today held guilty by a Delhi court of raping and endangering life of a 25-year old woman executive in his taxi last year, and faces maximum punishment of life imprisonment.
32-year-old Shiv Kumar Yadav was convicted by Additional Sessions Judge Kaveri Baweja for all the offences he was charged with including endangering a woman's life while raping her, abducting with an intent to compel her for marriage, criminally intimidating and causing hurt under the IPC.
Shiv Kumar Yadav (centre). File pic/ AFP
"Shiv Kumar Yadav is convicted of all charges (framed against him). To come up for arguments on quantum of sentence on October 23," the judge said, pronouncing his verdict 11 months after the crime which had brought into focus the working of radio taxis.
Yadav faces maximum punishment of life imprisonment for the offences.
The driver, who is in judicial custody, was present in the court room along with his wife, parents and other family members. The court had on October 7 reserved its judgment in the case.
According to the prosecution, the incident took place on the night of December 5 last year when the victim, a finance executive working in Gurgaon, was heading back to her house at Inderlok.
The accused was arrested on December 7, 2014 from Mathura. The prosecution had produced 28 witnesses in the case.
Yadav, however, had denied all the allegations leveled against him, terming them as "false".
A court in New Delhi on Tuesday convicted Uber cab driver Shiv Kumar Yadav of raping a woman executive last year.
Here is the timeline of the case
December 5, 2014: US-based Uber Cab service provider's driver Shiv Kumar Yadav accused of raping a woman in his taxi when she was heading from Vasant Vihar to her house in Inderlok.
December 7: Delhi Police arrests Yadav from Mathura, UP.
December 8: Yadav produced in court and sent to police custody. He refuses to go for Test Identification Parade. Victim identifies him as the offender while coming out from another court.
December 17: Yadav sent to police custody in another forgery case for allegedly procuring fake character certificate.
December 24: Police files charge sheet against Yadav in the rape case 19 days after the incident.
January 5, 2015: Magistrate takes cognisance of the charge sheet, commits case to the sessions court.
January 9: Special fast track court begins hearing arguments on framing of charges in the case. Special Public Prosecutor appointed in the case.
January 13: Court frames charges 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. Judge orders trial on a daily basis.
January 15: Trial commences, victim deposes and identifies accused in court.
January 17: Court concludes recording of victim's statement.
January 31: Prosecution evidence concludes.
February 3: Accused testifies and denies charges of rape and claims to be innocent.
February 11: Court observes accused trying to delay trial, fixes case for February 16 for final arguments.
February 16: Accused seeks to recall all prosecution witnesses.
February 18: Court rejects plea to recall witnesses.
February 19: Prosecution commences final arguments, says accused can be convicted on sole testimony of the victim.
February 19: Driver moves Delhi High Court against trial court order rejecting plea to re-examine 28 prosecution witnesses.
March 4: HC allows accused plea to recall 13 prosecution witnesses, including victim.
March 5: Victim re-examined by defence counsel in trial court. Woman says traumatised due to delayed proceedings.
March 9: Supreme Court agrees to hear on March 10 victim's plea against HC order allowing accused to recall witnesses.
March 10: SC stays HC order and trial court proceedings and issues notice to police and accused on victim's plea.
August 13: SC reserves order on victim and police plea.
September 10: SC sets aside HC order, says victim and witnesses not to be re-examined and vacates stay on trial proceedings.
September 15: Trial court could not hear final arguments as record were yet to come from SC.
September 24: Accused advances final arguments in trial court, alleges police manipulated evidence.
October 7: Defence counsel concludes arguments, court reserves judgement for October 20.
October 20: Court convicts Yadav for offences under Sections 376(2)(m), 366, 323 and 506 of IPC. Court to hear arguments on quantum of sentence on Oct 23.