Darvesh Singh was a lawyer from Uttar Pradesh. She was the President of the Bar Council of Uttar Pradesh. She was shot down by another lawyer just two days after she was appointed as the Chairperson on 12 June 2019.
Darvesh Singh was born in 1981 (age 38 years; as in 2019) in Etah, Uttar Pradesh. Her full name is Darvesh Singh Yadav. She did her schooling from a local school of Etah, UP. She pursued Bachelor of Laws from the Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar University, Agra (now Agra University). She started practising law from 2004. When she started her career she used to share an office with Manish Babu Sharma. Manish was her senior and was in the same college as her.
Height: 5′ 4″ (approx.)
Weight: 60 kg (approx.)
Eye Colour: Black
Hair Colour: Black
Family, Husband & Caste
Darvesh Singh Yadav belongs to the Other Backward Caste (OBC). She is from Etah, UP and her ancestral village is Chandpur in UP. Her parents have passed away. Her father was a retired police officer in UP police. Her mother was a Sub-Inspector in UP Police. She has a younger brother, and a younger sister, Kanchan. Her younger sister was offered a job, as a Sub-Inspector in UP Police after her mother passed away while she was on duty. Kanchan had completed her police training in Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh, just three days before Darvesh was elected as the President of the Bar Council.
Darvesh started her career by practising law in Etah, She worked with her senior Manish Babu Sharma. She worked in Agra for 5 years. In 2009, she was transferred to Agra. She rose up very swiftly in her career. In 2014, she was elected as the Vice-President of the Bar Council. It was a great achievement for her as she was the first woman ever to be elected as the Vice-President. She convinced everyone to elect her and after a lot of struggle, she was elected.
Many people stated that Darvesh was a very kind-hearted person. She used to take care of everyone, attend funerals of everyone she knows, go to functions, and greet everyone with a smile. In 2019, she wanted to be the President of the Bar Council. She convinced everyone to elect her and offered many changes and improvements to the system that was already in place. She had promised to set up libraries across UP for members of the Bar Council. She wanted to offer compensation for the family members of advocates who died in accidents and medical expenses for sick advocates. She also promised chambers for junior advocates.
On 10 June 2019, she was elected as the President of the UP Bar Council. She was in a tie with another lawyer and it was decided that they would alternate the responsibility of the President every six months. She was set to be the President first. She was appreciated and lauded from all over India for being the first woman ever to become the President of the UP Bar Council.
On 12 June 2019, Darvesh Singh was visiting the civil court of Agra. She was supposed to be felicitated for being the President. It was a normal affair as Presidents of Bar Councils often visit civil courts after being elected. Her longtime aide Manish Babu Sharma was also present there. Manish and Darvesh were not on talking terms for the past 6 months due to some differences. They used to sit in the same chambers previously, but Darvesh moved out of the chambers due to the increasing differences between them. Senior lawyer Arvind Mishra was happy to see Manish; as he thought he was there to congratulate her and bury their differences.
After meeting with junior advocates and other members of the Agra civil court, Darvesh headed to the chambers of the senior advocate Arvind Mishra. Darvesh’s felicitation ceremony was about to take place in Mishra’s chambers. Darvesh and Manish were present in his chamber with 6-7 advocates. Darvesh and Manish had a little argument when suddenly Manish pulled out his gun and shot Darvesh 3 times. Darvesh got two bullet wounds in her chest and one on her head. Everyone was in shock and before anyone could have realised what just happened, Manish shot himself. They were taken to the Pushpanjali hospital, where Darvesh was announced brought dead and Manish was admitted. Manish was in critical condition and police waited for him to get better for questioning. Manish’s gun was licensed and was seized by the Police. The postmortem of Darvesh’s body was done and her mortal remains were sent back to Etah, to her home where she could be cremated.
- Former UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav visited Darvesh’s family to offer his condolences. He also requested UP CM Yogi Adityanath for swift action and an increase in security for other lawyers.
- The Delhi High Court Bar Council issued a letter condemning the incident and demanded justice for Darvesh Singh Yadav.
- The Bar Council of India issued a letter condemning the whole incident and demanded 50 Lacs INR from the UP Government as compensation towards Darvesh Singh Yadav’s family.