In latest developments in the Chandigarh stalking case, the Punjab and Haryana High Court have granted bail to accused Vikas Barala on Thursday. The son of Haryana BJP chief Subhash Barala, Vikas had been accused of stalking and attempted abduction of Chandigarh-based DJ Varnika Kundu.

Vikas, 23, has been in jail since August last year. “The bail of Vikas Barala has been approved by Justice Lisa Gill,” Barala’s counsel Vinod Ghai said. “No application was moved by the prosecution in the court on whether the alleged accused has so far tried to influence anybody in the matter,” he said.

Daughter of senior Haryana IAS VS Kundu, Varnika’s cross-examination was conducted in a district court in Chadigarh yesterday. Varnika was interrogated for around 90 minutes by the defence counsel representing Vikas.

Varnika had slammed the defence’s theories of contradictions in her testaments to the police, pointing out technical errors in the call detail records.

Keeping up with her side of the story, Varnika stuck by her allegations and narrated in entirety in front of the court, her searing experience of the night when she was allegedly chased down by Vikas Barala and his friend Ashish Kumar.

Varnika also trashed the defence’s claims that her father exercised pressure on the police to fabricate evidence and implicate Vikas and Ashish.

She also denied the defence’s contentions that her father V S Kundu or advocate Rajdeep Tacoria were in touch with Haryana’s former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda.

She also rejected charges that she was tutored by her father or advocate Tacoria to depose false facts before the magistrate under Section 164 of the CrPC.

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