Finally, the high-profile drama relating to the Chandigarh girl stalking case, which became national and international headlines, ended on Wednesday afternoon with the accused Vikas Barala and his friend Ashish Kumar appearing before the Chandigarh Police. Vikas, the son of Haryana BJP President, Subhash Barala, and his friend were formally arrested after the non-bailable sections of attempt to abduct and attempt to commit offence were added to the earlier diluted First Information Report (FIR).
The case had acquired high political overtones with the opposition parties demanding the resignation of Mr.Subhash Barala on moral grounds and the Haryana unit of the BJP and Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal hawkishly defending him.
The two accused had allegedly stalked and intimidated the girl Varnika Kundu, daughter of Haryana Chief Secretary V.S.Kundu.by following her car in their vehicle on the night of August 4-5. Showing presence of mind, the 29-year-old girl, working as a DJ, had immediately contacted Police Control Room and the accused were ultimately nabbed.
However, the Chandigarh Police drew flak for releasing the accused on bail after allegedly diluting the charges making the offence bailable. Political leaders of various hues, citizens and even lawyers alleged that the Chandigarh Police had acted under political pressure which has been vociferously denied by senior officers.They asserted that the offence as alleged by the victim was “non-bailable”.
The accused did not respond to summons to appear at the Sector 26 Police Station on Wednesday at 11 a.m. However, they appeared in the afternoon amidst heavy security. Acording to Chandigarh Director General of Police Tejinder Luthra they were interrogated for over two hours before being arrested under Section 365 (kidnapping or abduction with intent to confine person) and Section 511 (attempt to commit offence punishable with life imprisonment). The accused will be produced in court on Thursday.