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Chandigarh stalking: Vikas Barala attempted to kidnap Varnika Kundu, says chargesheet

200-page challan filed: Chargesheet cites 48 witnesses, with driver of the PCR team that first reported at the spot among chief witnesses.

punjab Updated: Sep 22, 2017 11:14 IST
Aneesha Bedi
Aneesha Bedi
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
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Accused Vikas Barala (left) and Ashish. (File Photo)

Chandigarh Forty-two days after the infamous Chandigarh stalking case of 29-year-old disc jockey Varnika Kundu came to fore on August 5 night, the accused Vikas Barala, 23, and Ashish Verma, 27, will face trial for abduction, stalking and wrong restraint among other charges.

Timeline
  • Aug 5-6 intervening night: DJ Varnika Kundu allegedly stalked by Vikas, Ashish
  • Aug 6: Accused booked for stalking, arrested, get bail
  • Aug 10: Kidnapping sections added to FIR
  • Aug 10: Accused arrested and produced in court, send to police custody for two days .
  • Aug 12: Court send accused to judicial custody.
  • Aug 25: Judicial custody extended
  • Aug 29: Bail declined to Barala, Ashish
  • Sept 7 : Vikas Barala files bail again.Sept 12: ADJ Court dismisses Barala’s petition; Defence seeks CCTV footage of police station
  • Sept 13: Defence seeks phone call details of Varnika and father since January.
  • Sept 21: Chargesheet filed against both in court

In its 200-page challan that comprises a charge-sheet of seven pages, before the court judicial magistrate first class (JMIC) Barjinder Pal Singh, the police have cited 48 witnesses against Barala, the son of the Haryana BJP chief, and his friend Verma. They were booked on the complain of disc jockey Varnika.

The chargesheet includes disclosure statements of another five pages, statements of another 22 people, maps, footage and photographs. A report from the Central Forensics Science Laboratory (CFSL) is awaited.

Victim’s statement basis for chargesheet

The main point highlighted in the chargesheet is the complaint of Varnika and the fact that she immediately informed her father stating that “she wouldn’t have been present in front of him” had she not shown presence of mind. The fact that the father accompanied the victim at night to lodge a complaint has also been emphasised in the chargesheet.

Five chief witnesses, 22 statements

Besides these two incriminating evidences, head constable Dinesh, constable Sandeep as well as that of the driver of the PCR vehicle have been cited as chief witnesses. The CCTV footage of the Sector-26 grain market, liquor vend, KBDAV school, Khalsa College, used to corroborate the allegations in the victim’s complaint have also been relied upon in the challan.

Defence requests CCTV footage

Meanwhile, the defence counsel requested for CCTV footage of the police station when the complaint was filed as well as few other documents.

The main point highlighted in the chargesheet is Varnika’s complaint and the fact that she immediately informed her father.

Whether the same are a part of the challan or not is yet to be known. The chargesheet also contains detailed map of the route the victim took when she was allegedly stalked and harassed along with few photographs.

The crime scene was also recreated by the police during the investigation, details of which have also been submitted as part of the challan.

The accused will now be produced before court through video conferencing on Friday as they are currently in judicial custody.

Varnika Kundu (HT File )

Sections of challans

The challan has been filed under Sections 341 (wrongful restraint) , 354 D (stalking), 365 (kidnapping or abducting with intent secretly and wrongfully to confine person), 511 (punishment for attempting to commit offences punishable with imprisonment for life or other imprisonment), 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of the Indian Penal Code and 185 (drunken driving) of the Motors Vehicles (MV) Act.

Meanwhile, is likely that Barala will again apply for bail soon and since the challan had been submitted, the same would come up for hearing in Chandigarh district court as well and won’t have to move the HC. The two accused were first denied bail on August 29 and then Vikas Barala alone applied for bail which was also dismissed on September 12.

First Published: Sep 22, 2017 11:12 IST