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Chandigarh stalking accused sent to judicial custody till August 25

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Vikas Barala son of a Haryana BJP leader stalked Varnika Kundu as she was driving home at midnight. Instead of questioning the accused people are trying to shame her. Imaging  Ravi Jadhav

After spending two days in police remand in the Varnika Kundu stalking case, Haryana Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Subhash Barala's son Vikas and his friend Ashish Kumar, on Saturday refused to apply for bail and were sent to 14-day judicial custody. The counsel of the accused, Surya Prakash, claims that his clients did not stalk Varika leave aside an allegations of attempted abduction.

For stalking 29-year-old Varnika Kundu last week, both Vikas and Ashish were sent to two-day police custody. They were sent to jail as Chandigarh Police did not seek their police remand.

Subhash Barala, who held a press conference on Thursday, said police must take appropriate action against his son as per the law if he is named in the FIR. He told the court that "neither any kidnapping nor any molestation or any other offence was committed", adding that the case was "just a media trial".

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Under 160 Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) and the case has been filed against Barala under Section 354D (stalking), 341 (wrongful restraint), 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and 185 MV Act (rash driving), the summon was issued to the duo.

The duo, Vikas Barala and Ashish Kumar, were first arrested on the night of August 4 for stalking and harassing Varnika Kundu (Daughter of IAS officer) for almost 45 minutes. After examining the CCTV footage of the incident, police arrested the duo. On a complaint by Varnika, the duo was arrested on August 5 by the Chandigarh police.

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