Days after police arrested Vikas Barala and Ashish Kumar in the stalking case, Chandigarh court on Saturday sent both the accused to Judicial Custody till August 25 for further investigation. Vikas and Ashish were presented in the court today following 2-day custody that expired on August 11.
Sources say that the police pressed for custody as they will require both the accused to conduct further investigation in relation to the complaint made by the victim.
The development comes after the police earlier released a video footage showing the one of the accused (Ashish) buying alcohol before chasing Varnika Kundu’s car on the night of August 4.
The CCTV footage clearly shows Ashish entering the liquor store in Chandigarh sector 9 and leaving with the bottles in hand.
The video footage adds substance to the allegations made by the girl claiming the both Vikas and Ashish were intoxicated the night they chased and tried to abduct her.
The police are taking cognizance of the video and will use it against the accused to establish the case.
When produced in the court, prime accused, Vikas Barala — son of Haryana Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Subhash Barala —denied all the charges leveled against following the interrogation at Sector 26 police station on Wednesday.
Refuting all the charges leveled by the victim, Barala said that he did not chase Varnika’s car. However, he admitted that he was under the influence of alcohol. ‘I had 2 beers,’ he said.
He further said that he was stopped by the police while he was on his way to ‘replace’ shoes and had no idea about the charges leveled by the police against him and his friend.
On Wednesday, while addressing the media over the incident, DGP Chandigarh said that after a detailed interrogation of the two accused, the police has decided to add 2 more charges including an attempt to kidnap.
“Attempt of abduction, two sections 365 and 511 has been added. Have decided to arrest both accused, will be produced before the court tomorrow,” he said.
Allegations on BJP backing the accused has been surfacing as Subhash Barala, father of Vikas are the chief of BJP Haryana. The case has garnered overwhelming support from people all around the country, with various media houses campaigning for the stalker son’s arrest.
The VVIP son and his friend had earlier refused to give their blood and urine samples during the investigation after their detention. According to the reports, they were both absolutely drunk when detained on Friday night.
Chandigarh Police had been under the scanner for the biased handling of the case but with emerging pieces of evidence and support, the police have now shown progress in the investigation.
The duo, Vikas Barala and Ashish Kumar, were first arrested on the night of August 4 for stalking and harassing Varnika Kundu (Daughter of IAS officer) for nearly 45 minutes.