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Uber asks US court to dismiss lawsuit in alleged Delhi rape

Uber asked a US court to dismiss a lawsuit filed by an alleged rape victim in India’s capital, saying the ride-sharing company could not be held legally responsible for the driver’s acts.

The passenger, who reported being raped and beaten after hailing a ride with the Uber driver in Delhi in early December, sued the online car service in a US federal court in January, claiming the company failed to maintain basic safety procedures.

In a filing late on Monday, Uber said the court should dismiss the lawsuit as the victim had sued the wrong party.

“While Plaintiff undoubtedly can state a claim against her alleged assailant, she cannot state a claim against Uber US, which is the wrong party. Nor does California law govern a dispute involving an alleged wrong committed by one Indian citizen against another Indian citizen, in India,” Uber said in the filing.

Uber said it had no relationship with the alleged assailant who had a contract with Uber B.V., a Netherlands-based entity with no US operations and which is not party to the lawsuit.

The victim’s attorney, Douglas Wigdor, has represented high-profile plaintiffs, including a hotel maid who accused former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault. Wigdor was not immediately available for comment outside regular US business hours.

Charges against a Chicago Uber driver who was accused of raping a female passenger late last year were dropped on Monday.

Uber, the world’s most valuable venture-backed start-up with a valuation of $ 40 billion, has been dogged by controversies surrounding its business practices and safety policies at a time when it has been growing rapidly around the world.

The case in US District Court, Northern District of California is Doe vs Uber Technologies Inc.