Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Chandigarh stalking case: Accused Vikas Barala granted bail

Chandigarh stalking case: Accused Vikas Barala granted bail

Over five months after he was arrested for stalking and attempt to abduct the daughter of a senior IAS officer, Vikas Barala, the son of Haryana BJP president Subhash Barala, was on Thursday granted bail by the Punjab and Haryana High Court here.

Kundu accused Vikas, the son of a senior BJP leader, and his friend Kumar of following her vehicle in the middle of the night in Chandigarh.

In August previous year, Varnika Kundu, the daughter of a senior IAS officer, complained that Vikas Barala and his friend Ashish Kumar stalked her on the streets of Chandigarh while she was in her auto. Kundu was driving by herself in Chandigarh when the duo began to follow her.

While accepting his bail plea, Justice Lisa Gill warned Vikas not to try to influence the trial, going on in a Chandigarh court.

The woman had accused Barala and Kumar of stalking and attempting to abduct her. They allegedly backed her into a corner and exited their vehicle and approached her auto, but she was able to drive away. His lawyer had moved the high court for regular bail in November after a local court denied him bail for the fourth time.

His petition for bail had been dismissed four times by a trial court.

Charges were framed against Vikas Barala and his 27- year-old friend, Ashish Kumar, in connection with the case, which had triggered widespread outrage and a spate of protests across the country. However, two sections (IPC Sections 365 and 511), which related to kidnapping, were mysteriously dropped on Saturday, following which Vikas and Ashish were released on bail.

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