Chandigarh Police seek transfer of Varnika Kundu stalking case to woman judge
The sessions judge will hear the matter on Monday after which the bail plea of accused Vikas Barala is likely to be heard on Tuesdaypunjab Updated: Sep 08, 2017 18:16 IST
A local court on Friday ordered a stay on the bail application of Vikas Barala, the main accused in the Varnika Kundu stalking case, even as the prosecution sought shifting the case to a woman judge.
Vikas, the son of Haryana BJP chief Subhash Barala, applied for bail on Thursday but on Friday district and sessions judge Balbir Singh ordered a stay on the arguments and issued a notice to the defence for September 11.
The stay comes after the prosecution moved an application to shift the case to a woman judge. The matter was listed in the court of additional district and sessions judge Rajnish Kumar Sharma. However, referring to the UT administration’s notification of February 11, 2014, according to which any heinous crime involving a woman must be heard by a woman judge, the DSP (East) sought shifting the case to the special court for crime against women.
The sessions judge will hear the matter on Monday after which the bail plea is likely to be heard on Tuesday.
Defence counsel Surya Prakash said, “We have no objection but the Chandigarh Police are using different ways to delay the process since the accused has already been in jail for a while.”
Varnika’s father VS Kundu, who is a Haryana IAS officer, was present in the court.
Vikas, booked for stalking and attempt to kidnap Varnika Kundu, a local disc jockey, has also sought the closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage of the Sector-26 police station where the first information report (FIR) was registered.