Crimes by Ola, Uber driv­ers: SC to fix onus

The New Indian Express - - INDIA - EX­PRESS NEWS SER­VICE @ New Delhi

TO fix ac­count­abil­ity of app­based taxi ser­vice providers like Ola and Uber for of­fences com­mit­ted by driv­ers of ve­hi­cles, the Supreme Court Thurs­day agreed to ex­am­ine the is­sue. A bench of jus­tices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta ex­pressed con­cern over the fact that all th­ese taxi ser­vice providers are for­eign based and if any crime is com­mit­ted by driv­ers of the ve­hi­cles they can raise ju­ris­dic­tion is­sues.

The bench’s re­mark came af­ter se­nior ad­vo­cate Indira Jais­ing, who is as­sist­ing the court as am­i­cus cu­riae in a case per­tain­ing to the im­ple­men­ta­tion of vic­tim com­pen­sa­tion scheme for sex­ual of­fences and acid at­tacks and women’s se­cu­rity, said sev­eral in­ci­dents of crime com­mit­ted by such driv­ers have been re­ported. “Th­ese com­pa­nies who run the app-based taxi ser­vices do not have com­pany head­quar­ters in In­dia... It is dif­fi­cult to hold them ac­count­able for any crime com­mit­ted by their driv­ers,” Jais­ing said.

The bench said it will hear the plea on De­cem­ber 7 and asked Jais­ing to sub­mit data and other de­tails.

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