Apprehending arrest after the deposition, Bharti Yadav, key witness in the Nitish Katara murder case, has urged the Delhi High Court to direct release of her passport so that she could go back to the UK after deposing before the trial judge on November 25.
The elusive Bharti also repeated the plea made before the trial judge that the depositions be held "in-camera" so that neither Neelam Katara, mother of the murdered Nitish Katara nor the media had access to her.
Senior counsel RN Mittal and RK Kapoor appearing for Bharti told Justice AK Sikri that police was planning to arrest her after the deposition and hence sought release of her passport.
The counsels complained that though the Ministry of External Affairs had assured the trial judge that necessary travel documents would be created to facilitate her deposition, but no assurance was given that she would not be arrested.
Moreover, Mittal claimed that the impounding of her passport had created a sense of insecurity in Bharti and argued that the same was illegal as no notice was issued on her by the Ministry of External Affairs before initiating such action.