The Punjab and Haryana High Court today granted bail to Vikas Barala who is the son of Haryana BJP chief Subhash Barala. Vikas was booked on charges of stalking and attempting to abduct a 29-year-old woman Varnika Kundu. Commenting on court’s decision Kundu told to ANI, “Will not call it an embarrassment, we trusted the system & the judiciary from the beginning itself, not opposing the decision as of now.” Barala had been lodged in jail since August last year. According to a PTI report, Barala’s counsel Vinod Ghai said, “The bail of Vikas Barala has been approved by Justice Lisa Gill.” He said that the defence told the court that the accused would not influence anybody in the case. “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,” said Ghai quoting PTI.
The report said that Ghai claimed that no case of attempting to abduct Varnika Kundu, who is the daughter of a senior IAS officer, was made out against his client. He alleged that at the time of registration of the FIR, Kundu’s father and her counsel were present at the police station and there were chances that the entire story was manipulated. He added that on January 9 and yesterday, her cross-examination was held in the district court.
The report added that last month the high court had directed the district court to complete the cross-examination of Kundu before January 11 when it had listed the bail plea for consideration. The lower court in Chandigarh had rejected the bail application of Barala four times. On December 7, the high court had granted bail to him to appear in an examination on December 18 under police custody.
The PTI report said that Vika Barala’s counsel had sought a regular bail last month from the high court, submitting his client had been behind bars for four months. The woman had accused Barala and Kumar of stalking and attempting to abduct her. Charges were framed against Vikas Barala and his 27-year-old friend, Ashish Kumar, in connection with the case. The two men were arrested on the intervening night of August 4-5 last year following the complaint but were released on bail as they were booked under bailable sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Motor Vehicles Act. They have arrested again on August 9 after they joined the investigation and were charged with attempted abduction under sections 365 and 511 of the IPC.