Chandigarh Stalking Case: Haryana BJP chief's son Vikas Barala gets bail

Alicia Farmer
January 13, 2018

Haryana BJP president Subhash Barala' son Vikas Barla, who was arrested in connection with high-profile stalking case of a girl in Chandigarh, was released from jail on Friday.

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.

The bail from the HC comes two days after the cross-examination of Kundu was completed at the trial court.

Earlier, the court had ordered the Chandigarh Police to provide information on call details of Barala, son and his friend Ashish Kumar.

Vikas and his friend were arrested for stalking and harassing Varnika Kundu on August 4, 2017, when she was returning home from work at 11:15 pm. She called the Chandigarh police, which apprehended the boys.

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While seeking bail, Barala's counsels, senior advocate Vinod Ghai and advocate Jasdev Singh Mehndiratta argued that the case is being tried by the magistrate's court, the accused was behind bars for around five months, and the statement of the victim has already been recorded. During the 25-minute chase, the SUV pulled up close to her auto several times and even tried to block her way, Kundu had said in her complaint.

Barala had moved the high court in November, after a local court denied him bail for the fourth time.

Kundu's lawyer did not oppose the bail but said that the accused belongs to an influential family and could delay the trial and also try to influence witnesses, hence the bail be made time-bound.

Both were booked under non-bailable offences, including Section 365 (kidnapping or abduction with intent to confine person) and Section 511 (attempt to commit offence punishable with life imprisonment) of the Indian Penal Code.

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