Chandigarh stalking case: Congress creates ruckus in Rajya Sabha, accuses BJP of covering up the matter

By: | Updated: August 9, 2017 4:36 PM

The Rajya Sabha session kicked off with a noisy start on Wednesday as the Congress party-led by MP Selja Kumari created ruckus in the House raising the hotbed Chandigarh stalking issue.

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The Rajya Sabha session kicked off with a noisy start on Wednesday as the Congress party led by MP Selja Kumari created a ruckus in the House over Chandigarh stalking issue, reported Times Now. Expressing her anger over the incident, Kumari said, “The accused is son of a ruling party leader and therefore, they are covering it up.” However, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi of the BJP replied to her allegations by saying that investigation is on and there is no cover-up. According to ANI, Congress MP Kumari Selja had given a zero hour notice in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday over the Chandigarh stalking incident.

So far, several Congress leaders have accused Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of pressurising the Chandigarh administration and hatching a conspiracy to protect Haryana BJP chief Subhash Barala’s son. However, refuting to the claims, Chandigarh police said they are doing an investigation with an open mind.

Speaking to the media on the matter, Eish Sehgal, SSP Chandigarh Police had said police are not aiding the minister in the investigation and are doing their best to solve the matter. Meanwhile, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy is filing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in the case, possibly seeking a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the matter, ANI had reported earlier.

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Resonating similar views, Congress leader Sharmistha Mukherjee questioned the ruling party as to why a case of kidnapping and assault on the modesty of the woman hasn’t been filed.

Haryana BJP president Subhash Barala’s son Vikas Barala along with his friend Ashish kumar have been accused of stalking and chasing 29-year-old Varnika Kundu on her way to home on August 4. Varnika who is the daughter of senior IAS officer V S Kundu, has accused Vikas of chasing her for approximately 30 minutes. Both the accused were taken into custody and booked under section 354 D (for stalking) of the IPC and 185 of the Motor Vehicle Act (driving by a drunken person or by a person under the influence of drugs), but were later granted bail within hours. The case is still being carried out by Chandigarh police.

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