Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Chandigarh Stalking Case: Vikas Barala Gets Bail

Chandigarh Stalking Case: Vikas Barala Gets Bail

Vikas Barala has been granted bail by the Punjab and Haryana High Court, five months after he allegedly stalked and attempted abduction of Chandigarh-based DJ Varnika Kundu.

Barala, 23, had been lodged in jail since August previous year.

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

Since his arrest last August, Vikas has been lodged in Chandigarh's Burail jail with his friend and co-accused Ashish.

"No application was filed on behalf of the prosecution alleging that the accused had made any attempt to influence anybody", said Vinod Ghai, the counsel for Vikas. "We are not opposing the decision as of now", ANI quoted her as saying.

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The latest development comes a day after Varnika's cross-examination was concluded in the district courts in Chandigarh.

On January 9, Varnika was grilled by Barala's counsel for five hours and asked almost 500 questions about her personal life - from the friends she has and to whether her mother had been told of the incident when it took place, as per news report.

The cross-questioning of IAS officer V S 's daughter revealed her auto had broken down a day before the incident, on August 3, and she was dropped the next day in Sector 8 to pick up her vehicle at 11.15pm, more than an hour before Barala and his friend Ashish allegedly began to chase her in their auto.

During the cross-examination of Kundu on Monday and Tuesday, Barala's lawyer argued there were contradictions in her statement given to the police, also claimed her father exercised pressure on the police to fabricate evidence and implicate Barala and his friend Ashish Kumar, The Indian Express reported.

However, Kundu rejected the arguments, pointed out various technical errors in the call detail records.

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