Stalking incident: Accused sent to 14-day judicial custody

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Days after police arrested Vikas Barala and Ashish Kumar in the stalking case, Chandigarh court on Saturday sent both the accused to Judicial Custody till August 25 for further investigation.

The two appeared before duty magistrate Gaurav Datta at the Chandigarh district court on Saturday. It remains to be seen whether or not the police seeks to extend their police remand for another few days. The defense counsel said that the accused were not guilty since no offence has been committed.

August 10 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday urged the Opposition not to politicise the Chandigarh stalking case and asserted that the law will take its course in the case. After examining the CCTV footage of the incident, police arrested the duo.

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The summon was issued to the duo under 160 Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) and the case has been filed against Barala under Section 354D (stalking), 341 (wrongful restraint), 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and 185 MV Act (rash driving).

Vikas Barala, son of Haryana BJP unit chief Subhash Barala, was arrested on August 9 along with his friend for allegedly stalking and harassing 29-year-old Varnika Kundu, daughter of a senior Haryana IAS officer on August 4 in Chandigarh. But they were released later on bail.

The victim, 29-year-old Varnika Kundu, had alleged that on the intervening night of August 4 and 5 Vikas and Ashish chased her, blocked her way, hit on her vehicle window and tried to force her door open. He assured action against his son.

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