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UP Bar Council chief cremated; CM promises security in courts

PTI | Lucknow | Updated: 13-06-2019 16:18 IST | Created: 13-06-2019 16:15 IST
UP Bar Council chief cremated; CM promises security in courts
"Along with the Bar Council, the Bar Association and the judiciary, the state government is committed to providing adequate security on the premises of the high court and the district court."

Uttar Pradesh Bar Council president Darvesh Singh Yadav, who was shot dead by a lawyer on the Agra court premises, was cremated at her native village of Chaandpur in Etah district on Thursday. State Law Minister Brijesh Pathak attended the funeral, besides a large number of lawyers and members of the public.

Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav is also likely to visit the family of the deceased later in the day. Following Yadav's killing inside the Agra court complex, the Uttar Pradesh government said it was committed to providing adequate security on the high court and district court premises.

In a statement issued in Lucknow late Wednesday night, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said, "Along with the Bar Council, the Bar Association and the judiciary, the state government is committed to providing adequate security on the premises of the high court and the district court." He said clear-cut instructions in this regard were given to the state chief secretary and Director General of Police (DGP).

"The government will take effective steps, keeping in mind all the parameters of security," the chief minister said. He expressed grief over the demise of the newly-elected Uttar Pradesh Bar Council president and conveyed his condolence to the members of the bereaved family and legal fraternity.

Yadav, the first woman president of the state bar council, was allegedly shot dead on the Agra court premises by a lawyer, who then tried to kill himself, police said. Yadav, who was elected as the chief of the state bar council only two days ago, had come for a visit to the civil court when she was attacked around 2.30 pm.

Agra City's Additional Superintendent of Police Praveen Verma said lawyer Manish Sharma, a long-time acquaintance of Yadav, opened fire at her. "After spraying three bullets on her, Sharma also shot himself," he said.

The officer also informed that Sharma was undergoing treatment at a hospital and was in a critical condition. The pistol used by the lawyer was licensed and the police have seized the weapon.

Yadav had come on her first visit to the civil court after her election. At the event in her honour, Sharma suddenly got up and opened fire at her, the police said. Before anyone could react, he shot himself too and was seriously injured.

Meanwhile, work in the courts across western Uttar Pradesh came to a standstill on Thursday as lawyers protested against Yadav's killing. Muzaffarnagar District Bar Association president Syed Naseer Haider said the incident was condemned by lawyers during a condolence meeting. The call for the boycott was given by the state bar council.

Judicial work was affected in Baghpat, Bijnor, Muzaffarnagar, Meerut, Saharanpur and Shamli districts. Meanwhile, the Congress hit out at the Uttar Pradesh government over Yadav's killing, saying there was not much difference between the "jungle rule" and the law-and-order situation in the BJP-ruled state.

"Right under the nose of Ajay Singh Bisht's (Adityanath) government in Uttar Pradesh, the first woman president of the bar council was shot dead. There is not much difference left between the jungle rule and law and order in BJP-ruled UP," Congress's chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said in a tweet in Hindi.


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