Chandigarh stalking: Cases against VIPs that fell apart
Chandigarh Police is facing a lot of flak for invoking only bailable section against Vikas Barala.punjab Updated: Aug 08, 2017 14:19 IST
The stalking of Varnika Kundu (29) by Vikas Barala (23), son of Haryana Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief, Subhash Barala, has brought into focus the sense of entitlement and devil may care attitude that VIP brats brandish around.
Though city is no stranger to the phenomenon of the sons of high and mighty breaking the law with impunity, but what is common in such cases is the near lack of conviction of the VIP brats charged with serious criminal offences.
Chandigarh Police is facing a lot of flak for invoking only bailable section against Vikas Barala. In doing so, he was immediately granted bail. Almost all such cases fall flat in the court for either lack of evidence or out-of-the-court settlement by the powerful offenders with the victims.
This trend not only underscores the failure of the police investigators and prosecution to bring substantial evidence to press charges against the VIP wards, it also highlights how lack of deterrent punishment is adding to the culture of impunity.
Cases against VIP brats
In September 1994, Gurkirat Singh, grandson of the then CM Beant Singh, was accused of abducting and molesting a French tourist Katia Darnand in Chandigarh.
Katia had alleged molestation by former Punjab CM’s grandson Gurkirat and six others. But all the accused were acquitted on April 10, 1999 as the victim didn’t return to testify against the accused. Ranjit Bajaj, son of BR Bajaj and Rupan Deol Bajaj, a senior IAS officer couple of Punjab, has long list of cases where police had named him as accused but in all the cases he was acquitted for lack of evidence.
Bajaj was convicted in only one case and awarded two year imprisonment for forgery and criminal conspiracy but in this case too he was acquitted by the appellate court. The FIR in this case was registered in May 2000 by the police under various sections of cheating and forgery for a fake registration number and black film on his car without permission. The car was being driven by Gursamip Singh, a friend of Ranjit Bajaj, in Sector 18, who has been declared proclaimed offender.
In February 27, 2009, former Dhuri MLA Gaganjit Singh Barnala, facing allegations of raping a 55-year-old woman, was acquitted. Barnala, son of Tamil Nadu governor Surjeet Singh Barnala was arrested on August 12, 2006 after the woman, working as a masseur at his house in Sector 3, accused him of raping her.
The prosecution’s case fell flat after the victim while recording her statement before the court on December 15, 2006, denied having been raped and claimed that she suffered the injuries after falling from a bicycle.
Zoravar Singh, son of former MC commissioner PS Aujla, was booked, along with three others for firing gun shots in IT park in October 2009. He along with Charanjit, Raminder Singh and Maninder were booked for alleged involvement in the brawl in the parking lot of ‘Black Magic’ disco at DT Mall where the birthday of Zoravar Singh’s girlfriend was being celebrated.
A brawl over his girlfriend ensued between Zoravar and Panchkula’s Sector-21 resident Vijay Garg. The scuffle grew violent and the accused exchanged blows. Zoravar allegedly took the service weapon of his gunman and fired shots in the air. The trigger caused a panic in the area following which they all fled from the spot. A case of rioting, assault, threatening, criminal intimidation was registered against the accused at the Manimajra police station.