Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar today said BJP state chief Subhash Barala had “nothing to do with the incident” of his son allegedly stalking a senior IAS officer’s daughter in Chandigarh as the opposition mounted pressure demanding his resignation.
“Barala has nothing to do with this incident. It is an individual incident, the accused will face action if found guilty. This is my official stand, this was my stand yesterday and today also… After this, on this issue, no question, no answer,” Khattar told reporters in Hisar.
He also ruled out the resignation of Barala as the BJP state chief. Barala has said he respects the law and the “truth” will come out.
Haryana’s Leader of Opposition and INLD leader Abhay Singh Chautala has demanded the resignation of Barala. Khattar had yesterday said that law would take its own course in the case.
Asked if Barala would step down after his son was arrested, Khattar had earlier said, “The matter has come to my notice. Chandigarh police have registered a case…. We have full faith in police and law. This issue is not of Subhash Barala, this pertains to an individual and whatever action will be deemed fit in this case, law will take its own course.”
Barala’s son was yesterday arrested, along with his friend, for allegedly stalking the woman here. Both the accused, Vikas Barala (23) and Ashish Kumar (27), were released later on bail.
It later emerged that cops, allegedly under pressure from the senior BJP leaders, had dropped three serious charges that could have denied the culprits bail.
The victim’s father had taken to Facebook to write an incredibly emotional account of what his daughter went through that fateful night.
The incident triggered a political outcry. Reacting to the development, the Congress vice president, Rahul Gandhi, said that the BJP government of Haryana ‘mustn’t collude’ with the culprits.’
He tweeted, “Condemn attempt to kidnap&outrage modesty of young lady in Chdgrh. BJPGovt mst punish the guilty;not colludeW/culprits&mindset they represent,” (sic)
Condemn attempt to kidnap&outrage modesty of young lady in Chdgrh.BJPGovt mst punish the guilty;not colludeW/culprits&mindset they represent
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) August 6, 2017
It had come to light when the woman, around 28 years of age, called up the police on Friday night and complained that two youths were chasing her.
(With PTI inputs)