Fatima Sana Shaikh terms Chandigarh stalking case as 'unfortunate'

Carla Harmon
August 12, 2017

The Chandigarh district court on Saturday sent the main accused in the stalking case, Vikas Barala and his friend Ashish Kumar to judicial custody till August 25, reported the Hindustan Times.

Defence counsel Surya Prakash said: "both the youths have been sent to 14 days of judicial custody".

The two-day police remand of the two accused ends on Saturday, which is when they will be produced before the court.

Vikas, the son of Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) Haryana unit President Subhash Barala, and Kumar were arrested on Thursday when they appeared in Chandigarh Sector 26 Police Station after being summoned in the case. Regarding the incident, there was a huge outrage on the streets and in Parliament. 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".

"We are investigating facts and will take strict action if some lapse is found", Gurugram's Commissioner of Police Sandeep Khiwar said. On August 5, Vikas Barala was arrested along with Ashish on the charges of stalking and harassing an IAS officer's daughter Varnika Kundu in Chandigarh.

After the incident, Kundu filed a complaint and the duo was booked on charges of stalking and attempt to kidnap. They were, however, granted bail the same day.

The duo had been earlier remanded in police custody for two days till August 12.

Meanwhile, investigators are still clueless about the whereabouts of the auto and the persons accused, police said on Friday.

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