Chandigarh stalking: Defence is politicising the matter, not us, says VS Kundu
Stalking case: Next hearing for the matter is scheduled for February 20, during which police officials will be examined.punjab Updated: Feb 07, 2018 18:41 IST
Senior Haryana-cadre Indian Administrative Services (IAS) officer Virender Singh Kundu, father of Varnika Kundu, and a complainant in the Chandigarh stalking case, claimed that defence was politicising the incident.The statement was made during Kundu’s cross-examination at a local trial court, here on Tuesday.
Kundu raised his concern regarding few questions raised during the cross-examination. After judicial magistrate first class (JMIC) Barjinder Pal Singh gave his consent, Kundu said, “The defence is trying to give the matter a political colour. It is actually them who is gaining political mileage.”
The defence counsel enquired about former ministers of Haryana and how they were directly or distantly related to VS Kundu.
I had received a call from BJP spokesperson Krishan Dhull at 3:45am, on the night of the incident, he said. Dhull told me that Vikas is Haryana BJP chief Subhash Barala’s son, to evoke fear in my mind, he pointed out. As a result, I asked my brother-in-law, a lawyer, to accompany me to the police station for filling the complaint, he said.
He pointed out that later that night Dhull with his supporters had visited the police station and signed accused Vikas Barala’s bail bonds. Defence counsel Rabindra Pandit opposed this and said that the witness cannot take the liberty of make voluntary statements before the courttime and again. Throwing light on how his daughter, the victim in the case, had also done the same during her cross-examination, he requested the court to not be a “silent spectator”. Krishan Dhull’s call records should also be investigated, the complainant’s father said.
The defence counsel enquired about former ministers of Haryana and how they were directly or distantly related to VS Kundu. He asked Kundu about how he knew former Haryana DGP Ranjit Dalal ; former Haryana home minister Maniram Godara and retired IPS officer Satinder Kumar. While Kundu did not deny his acquaintance with them, but refuted the claims of conniving with them to falsely implicate the two accused.
In response to a question, he said he couldn’t recall whether his daughter was talking to DSP Vijay Yadav while on her way to the district court to record her statement.
Kundu denies pressuring authorities to constitute SIT
Responding to a question, VS Kundu admitted that he had moved an application before the UT administration regarding the constitution of a special investigative team (SIT) to look into the matter, however, it was never communicated to him if the same was done.
The role of Kundu in getting DSP Satish Kumar, appointed as investigating officer (IO) was also questioned, linking his proximity to Kundus. Satish Kumar is the younger son-in-law of Ranjit Dalal, who is known to Kundu, suggested defence counsel. However, Kundu denied the same.While Vikas is on bail currently, Ashish is still in jail. Both were present in court on Tuesday. Varnika also accompanied her father.The next hearing for the matter is scheduled for February 20 during which police officials will be examined.
First Published: Feb 07, 2018 13:42 IST