Uber’s General Manager for Delhi region Gagan Bhatia arrives at the office of the Chairperson of Delhi Commission for Women after being summoned by the commission in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
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Indian police questioned an Uber executive Tuesday about the company's claim it conducts comprehensive background checks and a top official called for the taxi-booking service to be banned nationwide after one of its New Delhi drivers was accused of rape.New Delhi police official Brijendra Kumar Yadav said there is a possibility of criminal charges against the company if police find evidence the taxi-hailing app misrepresented the safety of its service.The driver, 32-year-old Shiv Kumar Yadav, is being held by police and will appear again in a New Delhi court on Thursday. Uber's drivers are independent contractors using private cars rather than licensed cabs.Yadav said this could not be the case because Uber's drivers did not have the special badges that police issue to taxi drivers proving they have cleared background checks.Uber said in a statement it only uses registered for-hire drivers who have a valid license.
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