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Darvesh Yadav murder: Supreme Court refuses plea for CBI inquiry

Darvesh Yadav murder: Supreme Court refuses plea for CBI inquiry

Shruti Mahajan

The Supreme Court has refused to entertain the petition seeking a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) inquiry into the murder of advocate and former UP Bar Council Chairperson, Darvesh Yadav.

The Vacation Bench of Justices Sanjiv Khanna and BR Gavai observed that the petition sought prayers very specific to the incident. Thus, the petitioner – Advocate Indu Kaul – ought to approach the appropriate jurisdictional High Court.

“Let’s not generalise the incident. The prayers for CBI inquiry and compensation are specific to the incident”, Justice Khanna observed.

On the submissions made by the petitioner that one prayer in the PIL concerned social security measures for women advocates across the country, the Court suggested filing of a separate petition on that issue.

The PIL had also sought a direction to the Bar Council of Uttar Pradesh to pay compensation to Yadav’s family.

Darvesh Yadav, the first woman President of the Uttar Pradesh Bar Council, was shot dead inside the Agra district court premises by a fellow advocate on June 12.

Yadav had assumed charge as President of the UP Bar Council two days earlier. She was attending a welcome ceremony when the incident happened. The assailant, advocate Manish Sharma, shot himself as well, and recently succumbed to his injuries.

After the shooting on June 12, Yadav and Sharma were taken to a hospital in Agra where Yadav was pronounced dead the same day.

The FIR lodged in connection with the murder cited details of a personal grudge against Yadav as a possible reason for the incident. Lodged by Yadav’s relative, the FIR states that the wife of Manish Sharma had threatened Yadav over the phone on previous occasions.

Manish Sharma had also forcibly taken possession of the chamber of Yadav, the complaint states.

The incident sent shockwaves across the country, prompting the BCI to condemn the incident and call for a day of mourning in Uttar Pradesh.

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