Staff Reporter

Government to pay her expenses for journey

NEW DELHI: Modifying its November 14 order, the Delhi High Court on Thursday allowed a request by Bharti Yadav, a key prosecution witness in the Nitish Katara murder case, to record her evidence in the case on November 29.

In the earlier order, Mr. Justice A.K. Sikri of the High Court had directed Ms. Bharti, as requested by her, to depose in the case on November 25.

However, Mr. Justice Sikri turned down her request to direct media persons not to photograph her while going to and coming out of the trial court during the recording of her evidence.

He just said that she would not be interviewed if she did not want.

However, the Judge said that she was at liberty to move an application in the trial court seeking in-camera recording of her statement.

He directed her to visit the Indian High Commission in London to collect her emergency travel documents to travel to India.

Ms. Bharti is at present in London pursuing some professional course.

On her arrival in India, Ms. Bharti would contact Anand Jha, an associate lawyer of A.K. Vali, counsel for the Ministry of External Affairs, who would take her to the competent authorities for completing the formalities for issuance of a new passport and a British visa to her so that she could travel back to London to pursue her course.

He directed the accused persons, their family members and the complainant not to interfere with her in any manner.

The Government shall pay to Ms. Bharti the expenses for her to and fro journey, the judgment stated.

The directions came on a petition by Ms. Bharti seeking issuance of a fresh passport to her so that she could travel to the country to record her statement in the case.

Vikas Yadav and Vishal Yadav, brother and cousin of Ms. Bharti respectively, are facing trial in the case for allegedly kidnapping Nitish Katara, son of a former IAS officer here, and later killing him because they were allegedly against their sister having an affair with him.

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