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Give Bharati's passport, visa to lawyer: HC

Justice AK Sikri directs the lower court to hand over the passport, visa and travelling expenses to Bharati Yadav's lawyer.

india Updated: Dec 11, 2006 20:16 IST

The Delhi High Court on Monday asked the judge in charge of Patiala House court to hand over the passport and visa of Bharati Yadav, a key witness in Nitish Katara murder case, to her lawyer as the trial judge is on leave till December 22.

Bharati had recorded her testimony before the trial court on November 29 and now she wants to return to the UK for her studies.

Justice AK Sikri directed the lower court to hand over the passport, visa and travelling expenses incurred by Bharati to her lawyer Puneet Mittal who she has authorised to collect the same from trial court.

The order came on an application filed by her seeking the High Court's intervention directing the trial judge to release the documents to her though her lawyer contending her visit to court would draw the attention of the media.

The trial judge has asked her to come personally to collect the visa and passport which she had deposited with the court at the time of her deposition.

Nitish Katara, son of an IAS officer, was killed allegedly by Bharati's brothers Vikas and Vishal on February 17, 2002, as they were against her intimacy with Katara.