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

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After facing rejection four times on his bail plea by a trial court, prime accused in Chandigarh stalking case, Vikas Barala, was finally granted bail on Thursday by Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Earlier in the day, Vikas Barala, son of Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) Chandigarh unit president Subhash Barala, got bail, in the case where he stalked Varnika Kundu.

The woman had accused Barala and Kumar of stalking and attempting to abduct her.

The high court also directed the trial court to complete the cross-examination of Varnika Kundu before January 11, said Barala's counsel Vinod Ghai. Both were booked under non-bailable offences, including Sections 365 (kidnapping or abduction with intent to confine person) and 511 (attempt to commit offence punishable with life imprisonment) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The two men, who were driving an SUV, were allegedly drunk at the time and, according to Varnika, tried several times to force her auto to stop.

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Charges have been framed against Vikas Barala and his friend Ashish Kumar in connection with the stalking of Varnika Kundu. The police also sought to refute allegations that it was functioning under political pressure.

The lower court in Chandigarh had rejected the bail application of Barala four times. Congress routinely slammed BJP and even alleged at one point that the Home Ministry was shielding Vikas Barala.

In December, Barala's counsel, seeking regular bail from the court, submitted his client had been behind bars for almost four months.

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