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Shortage of police staff forces Delhi court to defer Uber rape case sentence

Shortage of police staff forces Delhi court to defer Uber rape case sentence
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The Delhi police on Friday revealed a staggering shortage of staff within the force after it failed to escort the convict driver in Uber rape case to court citing lack of personnel. The incident forced the court to defer the sentencing of Shiv Kumar Yadav till November 3.

The Delhi police on Friday revealed a staggering shortage of staff within the force after it failed to escort the convict driver in Uber rape case to court citing lack of personnel. The incident forced the court to defer the sentencing of Shiv Kumar Yadav till November 3.


"There is a circular by chief metropolitan magistrate that under-trials cannot be produced in court from October 23 till October 30 due to the India-Africa summit and police officials are not available... Due to this reason (convict) Shiv Kumar Yadav has not been brought to court," special public prosecutor told additional Sessions Judge after the hearing commenced, according to reports.

The Delhi police currently has a strength of 81,000 officers, of which around 30,000 officers will be employed for the summit, said a Hindustan Times report. The responsibility of escorting the convicts between the prison and court falls under 3rd battalion, who are also called as a reserve force for security arrangements. The police force is in want of an additional 30,000 staff to reach the required strength.

The court fixed November 3 for hearing arguments on quantum of sentence in the case. It had on October 20 held the 32-year-old driver guilty of raping the 25-year-old woman executive in his taxi in December last year and endangering her life.

Shrivastava, appointed for conducting proceedings in the case, has said he would demand maximum punishment of life imprisonment, which under the relevant provision of the amended rape law means jail term till the convict's remaining natural life.
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