Chandigarh stalking case: BJP leader's son Vikas Barala granted bail

Lawrence Kim
January 14, 2018

Vikas Barala has been granted bail by the Punjab and Haryana High Court, five months after he allegedly stalked and attempted abduction of Chandigarh-based DJ Varnika Kundu. Despite the growing calls for Subhash Barala's ouster from the party, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar maintained that Haryana's BJP president will not punished for his son's wrongdoing. "The bail of Vikas Barala has been approved by Justice Lisa Gill", Barala's counsel Vinod Ghai said.

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 auto. "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.

A 29-year-old woman has accused Vikas and one of his friends of stalking and trying to kidnap her in August last year.

Barala's counsel had sought a regular bail from the court, submitting that his client had been behind the bars for almost four months and should be granted bail.

Varnika is the daughter of a senior Haryana bureaucrat.

The latest development comes a day after Varnika's cross-examination was concluded in the district courts in Chandigarh.

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

However, Kundu rejected the arguments, pointed out various technical errors in the call detail records.

They were released on bail later as the police had booked them under bailable sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Motor Vehicles Act.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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