Haryana stalking case: Vikas, friend sent to judicial custody till Aug 25

Haryana stalking case: Vikas, friend sent to judicial custody till Aug 25

Vikas Barala, son of Haryana BJP chief Subhash Barala, and his friend, Ashish Kumar, both facing charges of allegedly stalking and an attempted abduction of a 29-year-old young woman, were on Saturday sent to judicial custody till August 25 by a local court. Surya Prakash Garg, lawyer of the accused, said that his client has alleged that they are making him scapegoat in this case.

When produced in the court, prime accused, Vikas Barala - son of Haryana Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Subhash Barala -denied all the charges leveled against following the interrogation at Sector 26 police station on Wednesday.

Barala and his friend and co-accused Ashish Kumar were earlier sent to judicial cutsody for two days.

There was a massive outrage on streets and in the Parliament regarding the stalking incident, with the Congress accusing the ruling party of protecting the accused. He told the court that "neither any kidnapping nor any molestation or any other offence was committed", adding that the case was "just a media trial". "The victim says they have full faith in the police investigation", the outspoken health and sports minister said.

Police arrested the duo after examining the CCTV footage of the incident, saying that they have sufficient evidence against the accused people. They were, however, granted bail on the same day.

The duo, Vikas Barala and Ashish Kumar, were first arrested on the night of August 4 for stalking and harassing Varnika Kundu (Daughter of IAS officer) for almost 45 minutes.

Subhash Barala, however, rebuffed the claim of pressurising or influencing the police in the case. He assured action against his son.