The accused in the Delhi Uber cab rape served seven months in jail under trial in connection with another sexual assault case but was acquitted by a court, according to the Delhi police. Shiv Kumar Yadav is in police custody after a woman accused him of raping her inside a cab she hired using the Uber app on her phone.
"He was arrested in connection with a rape case in Mehrauli," Madhur Verma, Deputy Commissioner of Police of north Delhi, told HuffPost India.
Yadav was arrested for allegedly raping a 22-year-old female passenger he had picked up near Sahara Mall in Gurgaon on December 14, 2011. At that time, the woman had alleged that she had hired a cab after her late night shift as a bartender. Yadav allegedly drove her to a secluded place in a Mehrauli farmhouse, forced her inside and raped her, according to her statement to the police.
Yadav was arrested after Omex, the cab service he was working for, gave his name and address to the police. However, Yadav was acquitted by the court seven months later. Verma said they were looking at his past record.
Uber had not conducted a background check on Yadav before hiring him, said cops.
Meanwhile, the Delhi Government was considering cancelling Uber's permission to operate in Delhi, reported The Indian Express on Monday.
About 100 protesters from the Aam Aadmi Party protested outside Home Minister Rajnath Singh's house in Delhi, raising slogans against the government for not acting swiftly against the cab company. They were detained by the police.