Chandigarh tampering case: All-round condemnation of BJP leader's statement


The police have retrieved footage from five CCTV cameras and are now scouting it for proof in connection with the alleged stalking of an IAS officers daughter by the son of Haryana BJP chief Subhash Barala, even as protests over the incident continued.

Vikas and his friend Ashish Kumar were arrested a day after "stalking" Kundu in the middle of the night, but were later released on bail.

While Haryana CM Manohar Lal has condemned the incident, he opposed the demand that Barala resign as the state BJP chief. "It would be wrong if we don't protect her", Saini said.Walking the caste tightrope in Haryana politics, the BJP, however, ruled out the resignation of Subhash Barala. "They also banged the girl's vehicle with hands", the DSP said while quoting the complaint of girl.

Speaking to the media, Subhash Barala said, "Varnika is like my daughter, there is no pressure to influence the investigation".

The footage is concrete evidence to prove the charges Varnika Kundu has slapped against Vikas Barala.

"We received a complaint from a girl (who was driving a car) that somebody was chasing her". Suddenly, they came in front of my vehicle and blocked the way.

Social activists claim that the "facade" of the party of being an all-powerful political force having an "ideal model" of politics that stands on cultural nationalism has started coming off.

Under criticism from various quarters over its flip-flop in the incident involving the daughter of a senior Haryana IAS officer, Chandigarh Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Eish Singhal said: "We are investigating the case with an open mind". Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC) president Ashok Tanwar, who also met the family of the victim, alleged that the BJP government, which had given the slogan of Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao, was now trying to save an accused who is facing serious charges.

According to Sumeet Goyal, a lawyer at the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the police's intention of treating the case sensitively (because of who the accused is) was made evident from the fact that they included 354D (stalking) of the IPC and not Section 354 (sexual harassment), which is a non-bailable offence.

The police officials claimed that the two men had bought two can of beer and were drunk when they were allegedly chasing the woman.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said: "However powerful they are, Varnika's stalkers should get strict punishment, otherwise people's faith will be eroded".

However, the BJP leader said that in the case involving his son Vikas and his friend Ashish, the law was following its course. She explained her ordeal, following which the local police were informed and the trap laid.