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Bharati Yadav?s passport cancelled in London

IN A development that is likely to give a boost to the prosecution in the ongoing Nitish Katara murder trial at the Patiala House district courts, the Indian High Commission in London has revoked the passport of key witness Bharati Yadav. Soon after the murder in February 2002, Bharati had left for London. She has been living there since.

india Updated: Mar 17, 2006 01:14 IST

IN A development that is likely to give a boost to the prosecution in the ongoing Nitish Katara murder trial at the Patiala House district courts, the Indian High Commission in London has revoked the passport of key witness Bharati Yadav.

Soon after the murder in February 2002, Bharati had left for London. She has been living there since.

The prosecution has been trying — unsuccessfully — to secure her evidence, considered vital to securing a conviction in the case.

Officials in the Delhi government's home department said Bharati would now have to be deported and this would better the prosecution's chances of securing her attendance in the trial court.

Delhi government sources said the high commission in London revoked her passport on March 6 on the ground that non-bailable warrants were pending against her.

The high commission then informed the External Affairs Ministry about it. Last year, the ministry had requested the high commission to revoke the passport it had issued to Bharati in 2004.Bharati is the daughter of Uttar Pradesh politician D.P. Yadav and sister of Vikas Yadav. Vikas and his cousin Vishal Yadav are the main accused in the murder of Nitish Katara. Vikas and Vishal allegedly murdered Nitish Katara as they were against his friendship with Bharati.

In March last year, the prosecution had sought to drop Bharati from the list of witnesses.

The then prosecutor in the case, K.K. Singh, had told the court that Bharati was the sister of the accused and, therefore, would not depose in the court. He also told the court that the UK government had refused to execute the warrant against Bharati.

First Published: Mar 17, 2006 01:14 IST