CHANDIGARH: A Chandigarh court on Friday charged Vikas Barala, the son of the Haryana BJP chief Subhash Barala, and his friend Ashish Kumar with stalking and attempting to kidnap a senior IAS officer's daughter, Varnika Kundu.
The charges were framed against Vikas and Ashish under various Sections of IPC including 354 d (stalking), 341 (wrongful restraint) and 365 read with 511 (attempt to kidnap).
The court of judicial magistrate first class (JMIC) Barjinder Pal Singh pronounced the order stating that all the charges in the case have been added in the charge-sheet filed by the police.
The defense counsel pleaded that the kidnapping charges be dropped as it was only a case of stalking but the prosecution said Varnika’s car was “repeatedly followed” by the accused, one of whom even banged on the door of her car.
The court adjourned the hearing in the case to October 27. Last month the police had filed the charge-sheet against them and had cited 48 witnesses in the case.
On August 5, Vikas, a law student of Kurukshetra University, and his friend Ashish, a law graduate, allegedly started following Kundu in their SUV here at around 12.20 am.
During the 25-minute chase, the SUV pulled up close to her car several times and even tried to block her way, Kundu had said in her complaint.
Police arrested the two men over her complaint but released them on bail as they had been booked under bailable sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Motor Vehicles Act. However, they were arrested again on August 9 after they joined the police investigation and charged with attempted abduction.
Both Vikas and Ashish have been denied bail twice (August 29 and September 12) and are presently lodged in Burail jail.