Chandigarh stalking case: BJP Haryana unit President Subhash Barala in his first address to media after the Chandigarh stalking incident on Tuesday said that Bharatiya Janata Party is a party that believes in women’s rights and freedom. He further added that the law will take its own course regarding the case that was registered against his son Vikas. ANI quoted him as saying, “Law should take its own course, BJP is party which believes in women’s rights and freedom.” He also said that the woman who is the complainant in the case was like his own daughter. He stated that the party was neither trying to pressure the police nor influence the investigation. “Varnika is like my daughter, there is no pressure to influence the investigation,” he said.
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This comes after the major controversy that snowballed with the opposition accusing the BJP government in Haryana of shielding the state unit chief and his son. The Congress on Monday mounted an attack on the BJP government in Haryana and accused it of shielding Barala’s son. Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala was quoted as saying that the Union home ministry, which directly controls UT Administration and UT Police of Chandigarh, is conspiring to hush up the entire matter so as to protect the Haryana State BJP president and his son.
Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar-led government drew strong criticism from the Opposition for the pressure that was allegedly brought on the Chandigarh Police to dilute the case against Vikas and his friend, who were arrested for allegedly stalking and intimidating the 29-year-old woman last week. However, both the accused were released later on bail after being booked under bailable sections of the IPC and the Motor Vehicles Act.