Supreme Court declines plea for CBI probe into murder of advocate Darvesh Yadav

The first woman president of U.P. Bar Council was shot thrice by lawyer Manish Sharma

The Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to entertain a petition seeking a Central Bureau of Investigation inquiry into the murder of advocate Darvesh Yadav, who was allegedly shot dead on the premises of the Agra court during a victory procession on her election as Uttar Pradesh Bar Council president.

A Vacation Bench of Justices Sanjiv Khanna and B.R. Gavai remarked that the issues raised in the petition should be heard by the “jurisdictional high court”, that is the Allahabad High Court.

“All prayers are pertaining to the incident and U.P. Bar Council…Move the Allahabad High Court,” the Bench said.

“This is a specific matter, let’s not generalise the whole thing,” it added.

Darvesh Yadav, the first woman president of the State Bar Council, was shot thrice by another lawyer Manish Sharma, who allegedly had been her long-time acquaintance.

Mr. Sharma reportedly shot himself immediately, said the petition filed by advocate Indu Kaul.

“Ms. Yadav succumbed to her injuries on the spot. Manish Sharma was taken to the hospital where he died later,” the petition said.

Ms. Kaul sought direction for providing police security to women advocates on court premises and its amenities beyond court working hours throughout the country.

She highlighted other incidents of suffering by women advocates in the Supreme Court, the Delhi High Court and districts courts in Delhi.

To this, the Bench said the petitioner could file a separate writ petition on the issue.

Ms. Kaul argued that safety of women lawyers on court premises and at chamber blocks should be the paramount responsibility as incidents such as these could be discouraging for the new woman entrants in this honourable profession.

She had sought a direction to the U.P. Bar Council to pay a compensation of ₹25 lakhs to the family of Darvesh.

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