Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Stalking incident: Accused sent to 14-day judicial custody

Stalking incident: Accused sent to 14-day judicial custody

After spending two days in police custody, Haryana BJP chief Subhash Barala's son Vikas and his friend Ashish Kumar have been sent to judicial custody till August 25.

On Thursday, defence counsel Surya Prakash Garg had pleaded "not guilty" for the accused.

When produced in the court, prime accused, Vikas Barala - son of Haryana Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Subhash Barala -denied all the charges leveled against following the interrogation at Sector 26 police station on Wednesday. However, based on the public prosecutor's plea, the court granted two-day police custody of the accused on grounds that they were needed to reconstruct the crime scene and establishing motive behind the crime.

There was a massive outrage on streets and in the Parliament regarding the stalking incident, with the Congress accusing the ruling party of protecting the accused.

Director General of Police, Chandigarh, Tajender Singh Luthra said "on charges of attempt to abduction the duo was arrested".

After spending two day in police custody, the duo were again produced in court.

Initially, they FIR was registered against them under section 354 D (stalking) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and section 185 of the Motor Vehicle Act (driving by a drunken person or by a person under the influence of drugs), Section 365 (attempting abduction of kidnapping) and 511 (attempt to commit an offence) of the IPC. It remains to be seen whether or not the police seeks to extend their police remand for another few days.

However, both were released from the jail after they got bail in the case. He further stated that, Varnika "is like my daughter" and assured action against his son.

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