Stalking case: Court grants bail to accused

Henrietta Strickland
January 13, 2018

Punjab and Haryana High Court on Thursday granted bail to Vikas Barala, the son of Haryana BJP chief Subhas Barala who has been accused of stalking disc jockey Varnika Kundu.

Barala, 23, had been lodged in jail since August a year ago.

The HC had last month directed the district court to complete Kundu's cross-examination before January 11 when it had listed the bail plea for consideration. Barala and his friend Ashish Kumar, who remains in judicial custody and is yet to move the HC for bail, were arrested on August 9 a year ago. During the 25-minute chase, the SUV pulled up close to her vehicle several times and even tried to block her way, Kundu had said in her complaint.

"The bail of Vikas Barala has been approved by Justice Lisa Gill", Barala's counsel Vinod Ghai said.

Barala, son of Haryana BJP president Subhash Barala, and his friend Ashish Kumar are facing trial on charges of stalking and attempt to kidnap Kundu in Chandigarh on the intervening night of August 4 and 5, 2017. "And if the court thinks it's OK to release him on bail, then I don't challenge that decision". "No application was moved by the prosecution in the court on whether the alleged accused has so far tried to influence anybody in the matter", he said. She also said that Barala and Kumar even approached her auto and attempted to get in.

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.

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