Barala, friend get bail from HC in Varnika Kundu stalking case

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The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Thursday granted bail to Vikas Barala, son of Haryana Bharatiya Janata Party President Subhash Barala, in connection with the Varnika Kundu stalking case.

Last month, Justice Lisa Gill had instructed a cellular operator to provide call details between the complainant, 29-year-old Varnika Kundu, and her IAS father VS Kundu, to the trial court, as sought by Barala's counsel.

The lower court in Chandigarh had rejected the bail application of Barala four times.

Varnika is the daughter of a senior Haryana bureaucrat.

Earlier this week on Tuesday, the cross examination of the victim Varnika Kundu concluded in the district courts in Chandigarh.

In December, Barala's counsel, seeking regular bail from the court, submitted his client had been behind bars for almost four months. Congress routinely slammed BJP and even alleged at one point that the Home Ministry was shielding Vikas Barala.

Vikas Barala, who has been lodged in Burail jail here, is pursuing a law degree from the Kurukshetra University.

Citing her harrowing experience on the fateful night when she was allegedly stalked by Vikas Barala and his friend Ashish Kumar, Varnika stood by her allegations and reiterated the entire sequence of events in the court. They were released on bail later as the police had booked them under bailable sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Motor Vehicles Act.

However, they were arrested again on 9 August and were then charged with attempted abduction under Sections 365 and 511 of the IPC.

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