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Uber rape case: Accused wants to re-examine witnesses


New Delhi: Rape-accused Uber cab driver Shiv Kumar Yadav moved an application in a court here seeking to recall some prosecution witnesses in the case for further cross examination. Yadav’s defence counsel Dharmender Mishra told Additional Sessions Judge Kaveri Baweja that the lawyer who was previously associated with him was not compete enough to defend him.

He needed certain clarifications from the prosecution witnesses and therefore further cross examination is necessary, he said. However, Special Public Prosecutor Atul Shrivastava opposed his plea and said that defence is trying to delay the trial in the case.

Meanwhile the court reserved its order on the plea and fixed Feb 18 for delivering order. The prosecution Jan 31 completed recording of evidence in a court here in just 17 days. According to police, the woman executive was allegedly raped by 32-year-old Yadav inside his cab on the night of Dec 5, 2014.

The court Jan 13 framed charges of rape and causing grievous bodily harm and endangering the life of a woman, kidnapping a woman, criminal intimidation and voluntarily causing hurt against Yadav under various sections of the Indian Penal Code.