Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Medicine | By Douglas Stevenson

Haryana BJP chief Subhash Barala's son Vikas gets bail in stalking case

Haryana BJP chief Subhash Barala's son Vikas gets bail in stalking case

Five months after the Chandigarh police arrested, the son of president, for stalking and attempted abduction of the daughter of a senior Haryana bureaucrat, the Punjab and Haryana high court on Thursday granted him bail.

According to a report inHindustan Times, call records proffered by Barala's lawyer showed Kundu wasn't in the city right before the incident on the intervening night of 4 August and 5 August a year ago.

In December, Barala's counsel, seeking regular bail from the court, submitted his client had been behind bars for almost four months.

Charges were framed against Vikas Barala and his 27- year-old friend, Ashish Kumar, in connection with the case, which had triggered widespread outrage and a spate of protests across the country.

The police had then claimed that the new charges were pressed after interrogation of the duo threw up new facts.

While accepting his bail plea, Justice Lisa Gill warned Vikas not to try to influence the trial, going on in a Chandigarh court.

Barala, son of Haryana BJP chief Santosh Barala, was accused of stalking Varnika Kundu, the daughter of an IAS officer.

Contacted for her comment, Kundu said, " As I have maintained throughout, I continue to keep my faith in the system which has worked well for the victim so far.

During the hearing, Barala's lawyer Vinod Ghai had argued that even if all allegations were taken as gospel truth, no offence of kidnapping was made out.

The woman had accused Barala and Kumar of stalking and attempting to abduct her.

The two men were arrested on the intervening night of August 4-5 a year ago following the complaint, but were released on bail as they were booked under bailable sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Motor Vehicles Act.

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