Chandigarh stalking case: BJP leader's son Vikas Barala granted bail

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A top BJP leader's son who was booked for stalking and attempting to abduct a Chandigarh-based woman past year was granted bail today.

Barala and Kumar had allegedly started following Kundu in their SUV here at around 12.20 am on August 5 in Chandigarh.

In December, Barala's counsel, seeking regular bail from the court, submitted his client had been behind bars for almost four months. Barala and his friend Ashish Kumar, who remains in judicial custody and is yet to move the HC for bail, were arrested on August 9 a year ago. The incident had come to light when the 29-year-old woman called the police and complained that two men followed her in an SUV when she was driving in her vehicle from the Sector-8 market in Chandigarh towards her home in Panchkula.

His petition for bail was dismissed four times by the trial court. She also stood by her allegations and reiterated the entire sequence of events in the court, according to another report in The Indian Express.

"The bail of Vikas Barala has been approved by Justice Lisa Gill", Barala's counsel Vinod Ghai said. It was also argued that the accused belonged to a well-connected political family and it was possible that he may use his clout to influence the trial of the case, if released on bail.

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Varnika Kundu, a 29-year-old woman and the daughter of a senior Haryana cadre IAS officer, has accused Vikas and one of his friends of stalking and trying to kidnap her in August last year.

"No application was moved by the prosecution in the court on whether the alleged accused has so far tried to influence anybody in the matter", he said.

Kundu's father, who was present at the hearing, told reporters that though bail was granted, it was conditional.

Later, the police added two more sections for attempted kidnapping.