The sessions court has rejected the bail plea of Vikas Barala, accused in a stalking case in Chandigarh last month. However, the prosecution’s application to transfer the case to the special court for women and children was rejected on the grounds that the crime was not heinous.
Currently, Additional and Sessions Judge Rajneesh Kumar Sharma is hearing the case. And the prosecution wanted Additional and Sessions Judge, Poonam R Joshi, to proceed with the case.
The court rejected the petition to transfer the case to a women’s court saying that the case did not involve a heinous crime
The prosecutor said that they received the bail application of the accused in Sharma’s court. But the hearing of the case should take place in the women’s court, the prosecutor said, Indian Express reported. Women’s court is a special court to address cases relating to women and children.
However, the prosecution could not provide any specific document relating to the union territory administration’s order to transfer such cases to special courts.
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The police is going to file its response against accused Vikas Barala and Ashish Kumar’s bail application in the court on Tuesday (Sept 12).
The stalking case in Chandigarh rocked the nation last month. Varnika, the daughter of IAS officer, Virender Kundu, filed a harassment FIR against Haryana BJP state chief Subhash ik son Vikas Barala and his cousin Ashish Kumar. Varnika was getting back from work late at night when Barala and his cousin followed her in their car and clicked her pictures without consent. That was not it. They also circulated her pictures on social media.
Kundu felt traumatized by this incident. She had no idea about the reach of her stalkers.
“I did not know who they were. I only knew about him in the police station that the accused belong to an influential family. My aim is to teach them a lesson. This fight is for the security of the women. What politicians say is not my concern. My family is with me,” Varnika said at that time, India Today reported.
Now Varnika and her father are fighting against the bigwigs of the political bandwagon. They have pledged to get justice. She also agrees that had she been a common man’s daughter, her case may not have grabbed the headlines.