Chandigarh stalking case: Vikash Barla released from jail

Lawrence Kim
January 13, 2018

On 4 August 2017, when Kundu was returning home from work and at around 11.15 pm in Chandigarh, Barala, along with a friend, allegedly stalked her by chasing her vehicle. It was also argued that the accused belonged to a well-connected political family and it was possible that he may use his clout to influence the trial of the case, if released on bail.

"No application was filed on behalf of the prosecution alleging that the accused had made any attempt to influence anybody", said Vinod Ghai, the counsel for Vikas.

He alleged that at the time of registeration of the FIR, the woman's father and her counsel were present at the police station and there were chances that the entire story was manipulated. "If this can happen in Chandigarh, it can happen anywhere", she earlier wrote in a Facebook post.

The high court had last month directed the district court to complete the cross-examination of Kundu before January 11 when it had listed the bail plea for consideration.

His petition for bail was dismissed four times by the trial court.

Vikas and Ashish, who have both studied law, have denied the charges.

Vikas Barala is the son of the BJP's Haryana chief, Subhash Barala.

His counsel had sought a regular bail last month from the high court, submitting his client had been behind bars for four months. Kundu accused Vikas, the son of a senior BJP leader, and his friend Kumar of following her auto in the middle of the night in Chandigarh.

After being accused of showing leniency in the case, the Chandigarh police imposed tougher charges - Section 365 (kidnapping or abducting with intent secretly and wrongfully to confine person) and Section 511 (Punishment for attempting to commit offences punishable with imprisonment for life or other imprisonment) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) - on 23-year-old Vikas and one of his friends.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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