Chandigarh stalking case: BJP leader's son Vikas Barala granted bail

Chandigarh stalking case: BJP leader's son Vikas Barala granted bail

Barala, 23, had been lodged in jail since August past year. Barala and his friend Ashish Kumar, who remains in judicial custody and is yet to move the HC for bail, were arrested on August 9 previous year. The court was also informed that cross-examination of the woman was over and in no manner could the accused influence the trial.

He alleged that at the time of registeration of the FIR, the woman's father and her counsel were present at the police station and there were chances that the entire story was manipulated. "If this can happen in Chandigarh, it can happen anywhere", she earlier wrote in a Facebook post.

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.

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. "The court has assured us that if Barala tries to influence the witnesses, we can apply for cancellation of bail", he said.

Charges were framed against Vikas Barala and his 27- year-old friend, Ashish Kumar, in connection with the case, which had triggered widespread outrage and a spate of protests across the country.

Barala had moved the high court in November, after a local court denied him bail for the fourth time. Kundu accused Vikas, the son of a senior BJP leader, and his friend Kumar of following her auto in the middle of the night in Chandigarh.

The Chandigarh Police had arrested the duo under non-bailable sections. 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.

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