32-year-old Shiv Kumar Yadav, recording his statement before Additional Sessions Judge Kaveri Baweja, claimed innocence, saying he was falsely implicated in the case as he had not raped the woman.

In his deposition, he claimed that after boarding the vehicle, the woman started crying and he "overheard her talking to someone on the mobile saying though she will marry her fiance Akshay, what Ayush (friend) did with her was not right".
    
Maintaining that it was wrong to say that the woman had slept off after boarding his cab on December 5, 2014, he claimed she had started crying after sometime. When he asked her what had happened, she replied it was not his business, Yadav said.
    
"It is incorrect that I misbehaved with the woman at the rear seat of the car or that she tried to push me away and tried to open the door or that she screamed after which I slapped her several times.''
    
"It is incorrect that I threatened to insert rod in her as it was done (by convicts) in December 16, 2012 gangrape case... It is incorrect that I raped her," Yadav testified, adding that he had not tried to strangulate the woman or cause injuries to her.
    
Yadav said he does not know if the woman had identified him in the court corridor when she had come to Tis Hazari court to record her statement before a magistrate when he was there for Test Identification Parade (TIP) proceedings, in which he had refused to participate.
    
The court fixed the case for Wednesday for recording defence evidence, starting with the statement of Yadav's wife. The court has already recorded statements of 28 prosecution witnesses including the victim who had identified Yadav as the one who had raped her.

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