NEW DELHI: Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Sunday urged the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to not favour the accused in the Chandigarh stalking case and take stringent action against him.
Gandhi took to twitter and expressed his angst against the untoward incident.
“Condemn attempt to kidnap and outrage modesty of young lady in Chandigarh. BJP government must punish the guilty; not collude with culprits and mindset they represent,” Rahul said.
Vikas Barala was arrested on Saturday on the charges of stalking and harassing the (Indian Administrative Service) IAS officer's daughter in Chandigarh. He was however, granted bail on the same day.
Earlier, Congress leader Manish Tewari had 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.