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‘This will change things’: Varnika on report that stalking accused refused tests

“I’m very disappointed. This is definitely going to change things,” Varnika Kundu added.

punjab Updated: Aug 09, 2017 15:23 IST
Aneesha Bedi
Aneesha Bedi
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
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Varnika, a DJ, said she does not to interfere with the investigation but her trust had been broken and that she might want to review the process now. (HT File )

The 29-year-old Chandigarh woman, who was stalked and harassed by the son of Haryana BJP president and his friend, and her family said on Wednesday they were disappointed and may review their case after it emerged that the police may not have pressed the suspects to undergo a medical examination that could have helped them strengthen their case.

The medical reports accessed by the Hindustan Times show Vikas Barala, the son of Subhash Barala, and his friend Ashish Kumar refused to give their blood and urine samples after their arrest.

The new exposure could potentially put more pressure on Chandigarh Police, battling allegations of diluting the case against the son of an influential leader of the ruling party. “If someone, who constantly chose to keep faith in the system, is also dealt with like this then what good is such a system?” asked Varnika Kundu, the daughter of a senior IAS officer.

“I’m very disappointed. This is definitely going to change things,” she added.

Varnika, a DJ, also said she does not to interfere with the investigation but her trust had been broken and that she might want to review the process now. Her father, VS Kundu, was equally surprised at the development said he was “angry”.

“Can they even do this? Can they refuse?” he asked. “I was told by the police that they were taken to GMCH-16 for the medical exam from the police station in Sector 26 so I don’t know what exactly to say,” the father added.

Vikas and his friend were released on bail within a couple of hours of their arrest on August 5 following Varnika’s complaint of stalking and harassment. They were accused under sections relating to drink-driving and stalking, both giving police the discretion to give bail to suspects. They were allegedly drunk at the time of the incident.

“Their breath smelled of alcohol and their eyes were red (congestion of the conjunctiva) and both denied to give blood and urine samples to testify the blood alcohol content,” the report that was based on observation and prepared by doctors of the civil hospital at Manimanjra in Chandigarh said.

Chandigarh senior superintendent of police, Eish Singhal, earlier said a medical examination was conducted on the accused. But he did not specify whether blood or urine samples were taken.

The proof of drunkenness, according to legal experts, would have further “aggravated their culpability”. Also, the police could have added sections of non-bailable offence category on the basis of blood or urine sample reports.

First Published: Aug 09, 2017 13:25 IST