Haryana BJP chief Subhash Barala's son Vikas gets bail in stalking case

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The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Thursday granted bail to main accused Vikas Barala in Chandigarh stalking case.

Vikas Barala is the son of the BJP's Haryana chief, Subhash Barala.

A 29-year-old woman has accused Vikas and one of his friends of stalking and trying to kidnap her in August last year.

Varnika's cross-examination concluded on Tuesday. They had chased Varnika, who was in her auto and driving back from Chandigarh to adjoining town of Panchkula around midnight, in their SUV.

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The two men were arrested on the intervening night of August 4-5 previous 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.

Charges have been framed against Vikas Barala and his friend Ashish Kumar in connection with the stalking of Varnika Kundu. However, two sections (IPC Sections 365 and 511), which related to kidnapping, were mysteriously dropped on Saturday, following which Vikas and Ashish were released on bail.

The Chandigarh Police had arrested the duo under non-bailable sections. The police also sought to refute allegations that it was functioning under political pressure. Subhash Barala promised co-operation of his son in the police probe and several pleas were made but a trial court rejected their plea for bail four times until he was finally given bail. Earlier the bail was denied over apprehensions that Vikas Barala may try to destroy the evidence.

His petition for bail was dismissed four times by the trial court.

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