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Uber officials to be questioned in cab rape case

Shiv Kumar Yadav

New Delhi, Dec 9 (PTI) Officials of international taxi-booking service Uber will be questioned by police for the second consecutive day today in connection with the alleged rape of a 27-year-old finance company executive by its driver.

Uber’s General Manager (Marketing) Gagan Bhatia, who claims to be the in-charge of the company’s India operations, has not been able to provide much information to the police regarding the company’s operations and its policies during questioning yesterday.

Police officials have asked him to produce certain documents today.

“We wanted to know the role of the company while it brings the customer and the car driver into contact through its App. What is the liability of the company if the driver commits a crime as in this case. What is the business model, how it works, who are its promoters,” said a senior police official.

Sources privy to the investigation said Bhatia could not come up with satisfactory answers to questions posed by cops following which he was asked to produce the documents regarding the operations of the company in India.

“He first told us that there is no country head and he reports to one person who heads its operation at EMEA (Europe-Middle East-Asia).If we don’t get satisfactory answers from Bhatia, we may call this EMEA head for questioning,” the official said.

He said they have come across gross violations on part of the company in terms of violation of the Motor Vehicle Act and others.

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