NO NEED TO QUIT Clam­our to oust Haryana BJP Chief Grows af­ter Son Ac­cused of Stalking Re­leased on Bail

CM con­demns the in­ci­dent, but op­poses de­mand for Bar­ala’s res­ig­na­tion

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics - Viney.Sharma@ times­group.com

Chandi­garh: The clam­our to oust Haryana BJP chief Sub­hash Bar­ala has grown af­ter his son, who al­legedly stalked a woman, was re­leased on bail and charges of ab­duc­tion against him were dropped. While Haryana CM Manohar Lal has con­demned the in­ci­dent, he op­posed the de­mand that Bar­ala re­sign as the state BJP chief. Even BJP gen­eral sec­re­tary in-charge of Haryana, Anil Jain has ruled out res­ig­na­tion of Bar­ala.

Vikas Bar­ala (23) and his friend Ashish (22) were ac­cused of stalking and ab­duc­tion in a drunken state by com­plainant Varnika Kundu, the daugh­ter of a se­nior IAS of­fi­cer of Haryana. The in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer re­leased both the ac­cused on bail with­out pro­duc­ing them in court.

Even as the BJP main­tains that the law is tak­ing its course, the role of the Chandi­garh po­lice was un­der scru­tiny on Sun­day af­ter the sec- tion per­tain­ing to ab­duc­tion was said to have been re­moved from the first in­for­ma­tion re­port reg­is­tered at the Sec­tor 26 po­lice sta­tion here.

The drop­ping of ab­duc­tion charges by the po­lice has raised eye­brows, given the po­lit­i­cal clout of the fa­ther of the ac­cused, who is also an MLA from To­hana in Haryana.

Kundu and her fa­ther shared the or­deal she and her fam­ily faced on so­cial me­dia on Sat­ur­day. She also posted de­tails of the in­ci­dent on her Face­book page, al­leg­ing she “was al­most kid­napped on a Chandi­garh road last night.” She faced the me­dia on Sun­day and gave her ver­sion of the in­ci­dent.

The com­plainant main­tained that she recorded in her state­ment to the po­lice ex­actly what had hap­pened. She did not deny or with­draw the al­le­ga­tion of ab­duc­tion on her Face­book page or dur­ing her me­dia in­ter­ac­tion. She re­it­er­ated that she was not at fault and wanted jus­tice.

Her fa­ther, Varinder Singh Kundu, ad­di­tional chief sec­re­tary of Haryana, also hinted at po­lit­i­cal in­flu­ence by the side of the ac­cused.

“If we do not per­sist in try­ing to bring the guilty to jus­tice, more and more daugh­ters will suf­fer this hurt,” he wrote in a Face­book post on Au­gust 5. “Maybe some may not be as lucky as Varnika. Some­one has to stand up. We are stand­ing. So long as we can.”

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