Stalking case: Haryana BJP chief assures his son will 'fully cooperate' in probe

Haryana Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Subhash Barala on Wednesday said his son Vikas will cooperate with the Chandigarh Police into the investigation in the stalking case of Varnika Kundu.

'We respect the law. I asked Vikas to cooperate and he has left for Chandigarh to join the probe. He will definitely cooperate in the probe,' Barala told ANI. Earlier, Haryana BJP chief had said that Varnika Kundu, who was allegedly stalked and harassed by his son, was like her daughter and justice will be done in the matter.

"Investigation is being done in Varnika Kundu case. Whatever action is required it will be taken against Vikas in this case. BJP bats for daughter's right and Varnika Kundu is like my daughter. Neither I nor BJP is pressuring anyone in this matter," he had told ANI. Earlier in the day, Tajender Singh Luthra, Director General of Police (DGP) said that both the accused in the Chandigarh stalking case had refused to give their blood and urine sample for the investigation.

A summon-notice was also issued to Vikas by the Chandigarh Police which was allegedly refused by the former. The Chandigarh Police asked Vikas to appear before the Station House Officer (SHO) of Sector-26 Police Station at 11 a.m. 'sharp' on Wednesday.

The notice been issued 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).

Vikas Barala was arrested on August 5 on the charges of stalking and harassing the IAS officer's daughter Varnika Kundu in Chandigarh. He was, however, granted bail on the same day. A case was registered by the Chandigarh Police against Vikas and other youth under under Section 354 D (stalking) of the Indian Penal Code and Section 185 (Motor Vehicle Act) of the CRPC on the basis of complaint filed by the woman.

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