UP Bar Council president shot dead by colleague

Daresh Yadav was shot dead allegedly by a fellow-advocate while she was attending an event on the Agra district court premises. File Photo PTI.

The newly-appointed Bar Council president of Uttar Pradesh Darvesh Singh was shot dead on Wednesday on the premises of Agra Court by a lawyer who then tried to kill himself, police said.

Singh, who was elected to the post two days ago, had come for a visit to the civil court when she was attacked at around 2.30 pm.

Agra City’s additional superintendent of police Praveen Verma said she was shot by lawyer Manish Sharma, who had been her long-time acquaintance.

After spraying three bullets on her, Sharma also shot himself,” the official said.

“Sharma is currently undergoing treatment at a hospital and is in a critical condition,” he said.

He said the pistol used by the lawyer is a licensed weapon and the police have taken possession of it.

Singh had come on her first visit to the civil court after her election, he said quoting eyewitnesses.

At the ceremony in her honour, Sharma suddenly got up and opened fire on her, police said. Before anyone could react, he shot himself too.

Singh’s body has been sent for post-mortem.