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Uber rape driver's new lawyer accuses old counsel of incompetence, wants to re-examine witnesses

Rape-accused Uber cab driver Shiv Kumar Yadav Monday moved an application in a Delhi court 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 competent 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 18 February for delivering order.

The prosecution 31 January completed recording of evidence in a court here in just 17 days.

According to police, the female executive was allegedly raped by 32-year-old Yadav inside his cab on the night of 5 December 2014.

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

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