The Asia-Pacific head of US-based cab service Uber was questioned by the police for the second consecutive day today in connection with the rape of a 27-year-old finance executive by the company’s driver, during which he was asked about details of their safety features, details of drivers among others.During the questioing, which took place for nearly two hours, Eric Alexander, the Uber Asia-Pacific head was handed over a 12 point questionnaire by police which included details of all the taxis and its drivers working with them and how they checked their antecedents and the details of the directors of the company, its security features and background check mechanism. “Alexander has asked for a week’s time to submit the answers of the questions as some of them had to be sourced from their headquarters in San Francisco,” said DCP (North) Madhur Verma. Also Read - Uber cab service resumed in 31 cities in India with new Lockdown 4.0 guidelines
The police which had registered an FIR against the company is yet to decide on who faces the liability for the negligence on part of Uber. The Hong Kong-based executive was also asked whether they had received any prior complaints about Shiv Kumar Yadav, the accused in this case, route of the cab and of the accused on the day of the incident, number of drops Yadav did during his period with the company and the feedback about him from customers. Alexander had reached the DCP office at Civil Lines in the evening along with the General Manager (Marketing) Gagan Bhatia in the evening. Also Read - Uber launches 'Uber Connect' package delivery service to rival Dunzo and Swiggy Genie
He was also asked about the India operations of the company and its organizational structure. Police officials also suggested that an emergency button should be present in the car in case of any emergency. My deepest sympathies with the victim. We are cooperating with the police and I cannot divulge further details since investigations are underway,? Alexander told reporters after the questioning. Also Read - Uber to operate 'Essential' cab service to hospitals and pharmacy stores in 4 cities
He had joined the investigation yesterday and had met senior police officials of north district at Civil Lines. He was issued a notice by police under section 91 CrPC to provide certain documents of the company. He had also visited the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) office yesterday after being summoned by it. Delhi Police, which has already filed an FIR against Uber charging it with cheating its customers and defying government orders, has been questioning senior Uber officials for the last three days. The company was banned from operating in the city by Delhi government on Monday.
Shiv Kumar Yadav, who was driving the uber cab, had allegedly raped the woman on Friday night when the victim, who works for a finance company in Gurgaon, was headed back to her home in north Delhi’s Inderlok area.