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Chandigarh stalking: BJP’s Subramanian Swamy to file PIL in Punjab and Haryana HC

The BJP leader said he will file a PIL with his associate lawyer A P jagga.

chandigarh Updated: Aug 07, 2017 16:29 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
BJP Leader and member of parliament Subramanian Swamy
BJP Leader and member of parliament Subramanian Swamy(HT File Photo)

Senior BJP leader and lawmaker, Subramanian Swamy, on Monday said he will file a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in the Punjab and Haryana high court in the alleged case of stalking of the daughter of a senior IAS officer by the son of the Haryana BJP chief.

Swamy, a Rajya Sabha member, tweeted, “With my associate lawyer A. P. Jagga on attempted abduction of a IAS officer’s daughter by two drunk goons I will file a PIL in Chandigarh (sic).”

The woman was allegedly stalked by Vikas Barala, son of Haryana BJP chief, Subhash Barala.

Vikas, 23, and his friend Ashish Kumar, 27, were arrested from the Housing Board light point late on Friday night. They were later released on bail. The girl, a disc jockey, who was driving from Sector 7, Chandigarh, towards Panchkula at 12.35am, alleged that two men followed her in their Tata Safari Storm (HR-23G-1008) from the Sector 26 Grain Market area. Both were drunk, she alleged, adding that the SUV pulled up close to her car several times and even tried to block her way.

As the case was registered for stalking under Section 354-D (stalking) of the Indian Penal Code, which is a bailable offence when a person is booked the first time, the two walked free for the time being.

BJP chief minister, Manohar Lal Khattar had vindicated Barala senior on Sunday, saying he can’t be held responsible for son’s action. “The accused will be punished once found guilty. This is my official stand on this matter. This case has nothing to do with Subhash Barala. Such an act is highly condemnable if proved correct,” Khattar had told media in Hisar on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Congress leader and former Union minister Manish Tewari had said on Sunday that the police have “completely diluted” the case under pressure.

The UT police are being accused of not adding Section 365 (kidnapping) and 511 (attempting to commit offences punishable with imprisonment for life or other imprisonment) in the FIR registered against the duo, even as the woman in her Facebook post had alleged an attempt to kidnap.

“Police have completely diluted the case under the BJP pressure, and have not added Section 365 and 511. It has exposed the BJP’s double standards,” said Tewari.

The police said these sections were not included on the basis of the woman’s statement before the magistrate under Section 164 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrpC).

UT senior superintendent of police (SSP) Eish Singhal had clarified: “We always go by the victim’s statement, in which no such case of kidnapping was made out. To claim it in a Facebook post is different. Nonetheless, we are seeking legal opinion.”

First Published: Aug 07, 2017 16:28 IST

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