Buckled under tremendous pressure from the opposition parties and media, Haryana Bhartiya Janta party (BJP) state president Subhash Barala on Monday has offered to resign from the post following the ‘stalking’ controversy involving his son Vikas Barala, say sources.
Speaking to the media, BJP turned down the reports stating Subhash Barala resigning as the party state chief and said that the law will take its own course in the case.
Subhash Barala’s son Vikas was arrested on charges of stalking and harassing after a woman filed a complaint against him in Chandigarh.
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.
Notably, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Sunday said that there was 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.
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.