Haryana stalking case: Congress calls for fearless implementation of law

However, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar earlier in the day assured that the son of Subhash Barala, who has been accused of allegedly stalking a woman, will be punished once found guilty.

Published: 06th August 2017 08:04 PM  |   Last Updated: 06th August 2017 08:04 PM   |  A+A-

Manohar Lal Khattar. (File Photo | PTI)


NEW DELHI: Urging for stringent action against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Haryana chief Subhash Barala’s son, the Congress Party on Sunday called for implementation of law without fear.
Congress leader Manish Tewari said that under political pressure, steps are being taken to safeguard 23-year old Vikas Barala, son of Subhash Barala, while adding that irrespective of the fact that the legal process in the case is being stymied, strict action should be taken and an example needs to be set by bringing the guilty to justice.
“What has happened is extremely unfortunate. If you read the posts which have been put out by the family members, they are absolutely heart rendering. The law was tightened in wake of the Nirbhaya incident. There is a need to apply the law without fear of favour. No attempt should be made in order to save this gentleman and there is a cover up which is taking place,” said Tewari.
“Under political pressure attempts are being made to save this gentleman. What is most disappointing is the tweet by the Haryana Chief Minister that how he can hold the father responsible for the alleged crimes of his son. This person must be brought to justice. An example needs to be set up,” he added.
Subhash drew ridicule from another Congress leader, Salman Khurshid, who said that an environment, which projects an image that the powerful and the rich cannot be brought to book, has enveloped the nation.
Kurshid, while expressing his grief over the incident, said that the nation needs another Mahatama Gandhi who can cleanse the nation. 
“The whole episode is saddening. This is not our culture. I will like to ask the government that why there is no implementation of promises,” said Khurshid.
“There is an environment which has enveloped the nation that if one has money or political power nothing can happen to them, they cannot be questioned. From where should we bring another mahatma Gandhi who can cleanse the nation,” he added.
However, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar earlier in the day assured that the son of Subhash Barala, who has been accused of allegedly stalking a woman, will be punished once found guilty.
“I have complete faith on the Chandigarh Police. Justice will prevail. The accused will be punished once found guilty. This is my official stand on this matter. This case has nothing to do with Subhash Barala. Such act is highly condemnable if proved correct,” the Chief Minister told the media here.
Vikas Barala was arrested on Saturday on the charges of stalking and harassing the IAS officer's daughter in Chandigarh. He was, however, granted bail on the same day.
A case was registered by the Chandigarh Police against Vikas and other youth under under Section 354 D (stalking) of the Indian Penal Code and Section 185 (Motor Vehicle Act) of the CRPC on the basis of complaint filed by the woman.

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