Chandigarh stalking case: two in police custody

Saturday 12th August 2017 07:53 EDT

NEW DELHI: Son of Haryana BJP chief Subhash Barala, and his law graduate friend Ashish Kumar have been remanded to two-day police custody in a stalking case. Both are accused of stalking and attempting to kidnap journalist Varnika Kundu, in an inebriated condition.

Vikas and Ashish were produced at the district court, before which, they were interrogated for close to three hours at the police station. Non-bailable charges under Section 365 and 511 of the IPC were added to the FIR, in addition to being booked for stalking, wrongful restraint, and driving under the influence of alcohol. Chandigarh administration’s report to the Union Ministry of Home Affairs cites that Vikas refused to undergo a medical test and give his blood and urine samples. His father said the victim is like a daughter to him and said the police must take appropriate action against his son.

“The moment I learnt that Chandigarh police wanted Vikas to appear before them as part of the investigation, I asked him to abide by it. Vikas was out of Chandigarh. Therefore, I asked him to come back and go to the police. Earlier also, when Vikas was called by the police for questioning, he went and answered all the queries,” Subhash said. Both accused are liable for punishment extending up to seven years along with a fine.

Kundu, daughter of an IAS officer, had claimed that she was chased for approximately 30 minutes by the accused when she was returning home. CCTV footage of a white SUV racing behind her car confirmed her story.

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