Vikas Barala, son of Haryana Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Subhash Barala was sent to a 14-day judicial custody along with his friend Ashish in the Chandigarh stalking case on Saturday afternoon, reported ABP News. After this decision, both the accused will be kept under judicial custody till August 25. On August 5, Vikas Barala was arrested along with Ashish on the charges of stalking and harassing an IAS officer’s daughter Varnika Kundu in Chandigarh. They were, however, granted bail on the same day.
A notice was issued to both the accused under 160 Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) and the case has been filed under Section 354D (stalking), 341 (wrongful restraint), 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and 185 MV Act (driving by a drunken person or by a person under the influence of drugs). Meanwhile, ANI had reported that Director General of Police (DGP) Chandigarh Tajender Singh Luthra had said that Vikas and his friend Ashish were slapped with charges of abduction.
Ever since the incident came to light, many political leaders have been demanding the resignation of Subhash Barala. However, a senior Haryana minister Anil Vij today said that there was no need for it. “Why should Subhash Barala resign, what wrong has he committed? A case has been registered under the sections just as the victim wanted. Subhash Barala’s son and another person have been arrested. The victim says they have full faith in the police investigation,” the outspoken health and sports minister said.
He said the woman’s father had said that there was no pressure on the family. “Then for what reason is the opposition seeking Subhash Barala’s resignation? What wrong has he done?,” Vij asked.