Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Medical | By Johnnie Horton

Chandigarh stalking case: Vikash Barla released from jail

Chandigarh stalking case: Vikash Barla released from jail

Barala, the son of the Haryana BJP chief, and his friend Ashish Kumar were arrested on the intervening night of August 4 and 5 following a complaint by the woman.

While seeking bail, Barala's counsels, senior advocate Vinod Ghai and advocate Jasdev Singh Mehndiratta argued that the case is being tried by the magistrate's court, the accused was behind bars for around five months, and the statement of the victim has already been recorded.

Reacting on Vikas Barala being granted bail by Punjab & Haryana High Court, Varnika Kundu, an IAS officer's daughter on Thursday said that not opposing to the decision as of now. She also stood by her allegations and reiterated the entire sequence of events in the court, according to another report in The Indian Express. The incident had come to light when the 29-year-old woman called the police and complained that two men followed her in an SUV when she was driving in her vehicle from the Sector-8 market in Chandigarh towards her home in Panchkula.

Her cross-examination was held in the district court on January 9 and yesterday.

Barala had moved the high court in November, after a local court denied him bail for the fourth time.

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Today, Vikas was granted bail.

But the court said that if needed it would deal with the same at a later stage, and the complainant was at liberty to take up the matter again.

After hearing both the parties, the court accepted the arguments of accused's counsel and granted bail with some conditions. "I have full faith in the judicial system".

Barala's counsel had sought a regular bail from the court, submitting that his client had been behind the bars for almost four months and should be granted bail.

Later, the police added two more sections for attempted kidnapping.

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