Chandigarh stalking: HC grants bail to Haryana BJP chief's son

Vikas Barala

Vikas Barala

A top BJP leader's son who was booked for stalking and attempting to abduct a Chandigarh-based woman past year was granted bail today.

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

In December, Barala's counsel, seeking regular bail from the court, submitted his client had been behind bars for almost four months. They were arrested after the girl filed a police complaint against them. "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.

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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.

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.

Her cross-examination was held in the district court on January 9 and earlier this week.

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The Punjab and Haryana High Court had granted Vikas Barla bail on Thursday.

Last month, Justice Lisa Gill had instructed a cellular operator to provide call details between the complainant, 29-year-old Varnika Kundu, and her IAS father VS Kundu, to the trial court, as sought by Barala's counsel. On December 7, the High Court had granted bail to him to appear in an examination on December 18 under police custody.

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

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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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