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12 September 2017

Khaitan & Co partner Joyjyoti Misra will become the new India general counsel (GC) of global taxi 2.0 giant Uber, after the former Uber India GC Mohit Abraham moved to San Francisco in July to become legal director for regulatory and the Americas.

30 April 2016

The Supreme Court on Saturday refused to give more time to taxi operators in the National Capital Region (NCR) to switch from diesel to the cleaner compressed natural gas (CNG).

The deadline for the change, which has been extended twice, is Saturday.

A number of cab operators and their associations urged the court for an extension of the deadline, but a bench comprising Chief Justice TS Thakur, Justice AK Sikri and Justice R Banumati refused the request.

The apex court had initially asked the diesel cab operators in the NCR to switch over to CNG by 1 March. That deadline was later extended to 31 March and then to 30 April.

The matter related to steps to be taken to curb alarming increase in air pollution in the national capital.

08 March 2016

v1rvdkl4Uber Technologies general counsel (GC) Salle Yoo and Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas regional managing partner Pallavi Shroff reflected on their journey as women in the legal profession, at NLU Delhi on Thursday. NLUD was hosting a Townhall question and answer (Q&A) session titled UberDIALOGUES, on the launch of its annual three-day cultural fest Kairos.

03 November 2015

Uber cab driver Shiv Kumar Yadav who raped a woman executive on 5 December last year was awarded life imprisonment till death by a court here on Tuesday.

Additional Sessions Judge Kaveri Baweja pronounced the order.

Yadav was convicted last month on charges of rape, causing grievous bodily harm and endangering the life of the woman, and other charges dealing with kidnapping, criminal intimidation and voluntarily causing hurt.

On the night of 5 December, the woman hired the cab to head back home in north Delhi’s Inderlok area. Police said Yadav drove the woman to an isolated place and raped her.

20 October 2015

Taxi aggregators Uber and Ola cabs plan to get licenses to comply with latest government guidelines reported the Economic Times.

Since the two start-ups are not governed by the Motor Vehicles Act 1988 or any of the state acts on vehicles, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways last week released governing regulations for app-based taxi aggregators, reported Livemint.

The guidelines clarify that “IT-based aggregators” are different from traditional offline taxi operators and that state governments should formulate specific policies to regulate their licencing, compliance and liability. The guidelines, which are not binding but directive, also state that these aggregators should have a mandatory 24X7 call centre and a helpline number connecting to a grievance redressal officer.

The necessity of bringing these companies under law was first felt when a case of a Uber cab driver raping his client came up in 2014, after which uber was banned in Delhi. There have been a series of litigations at the Delhi high court regarding the legal status of the start ups like Uber and Ola.

13 October 2015

The Delhi high court on Tuesday made it clear that it will allow to only CNG-based taxi vehicles to run in the national capital and asked Uber India to inform when it can replace the diesel cabs with these.

26 June 2015

AbrahamKhaitan & Co associate partner in the Delhi litigation team, Mohit Abraham, will join taxi aggregator Uber to head up its Indian legal function as its legal director India.

25 March 2015

"New Delhi authorities on Wednesday asked India’s federal information technology ministry to block the taxi-hailing apps of US -based Uber and its local rival Ola in the city in a bid to enforce a ban on the companies’ services,” reported Reuters.

However, QZ reported last year that blocking of services such as Uber, which rent servers in the cloud, could prove to be “practically impossible without accidentally blocking other services”.