Setting aside the oppositions’ demand to sack Haryana BJP state president Subhash Barala’s son Vikas who was arrested on charges of stalking a girl; state Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said no there is no ground to punish the minister for his son’s crime.
Speaking to the media, Khattar said that he was aware of the incident and assured that the authorities will take necessary action against the ministers’ son Vikas.
“This matter is not related with Subhash Barala but with an individual. Chandigarh Police has filed the complaint and I believe they will take appropriate action. An action would be taken against his son,” said Khattar.
The incident came to light after Subhash Barala’s son Vikas Barala was arrested on charges of stalking and harassing after a woman filed a complaint against him in Chandigarh.
Condemning the incident, Congress had earlier demanded the ouster of Subhash Barala from the party and pressed the police to take stern action against the duo.
“This is an unfortunate incident. Now, the law and order should take its own course. The government and the police must act,” said Congress leader Ashok Tanwar.
Notably, the girl, daughter of an IAS officer alleged that Vikas and one other with him chased her in Chandigarh’s Sector 26 area.
The police have registered a case under Section 354 D (stalking) of the Indian Penal Code and Section 185 (Motor Vehicle Act) of the CrPC.
However, Vikas Barala was granted bail later in the day.