Haryana : Varnika’s father transferred within a month of Vikas Barala’s arrest – due process or vengeance?

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It is hardly a month when Vikas Barala, son of Haryana BJP chief Subhash Barala was arrested for stalking Varnika Kundu, daughter of a senior Haryana-cadre IAS officer, VS Kundu.

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However, in a recent development as per sources, the state government on Tuesday transferred the bureaucrat and posted him as the Additional Chief Secretary, Science and Technology Department from the current state Tourism Department. The responsibility of over looking State University of Performing and Visual Arts, Rohtak, as its Vice-Chancellor, will still rest with him.

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Kundu in his statement informed the media, “It’s up to the government where it deputes me keeping in view my capabilities. I don’t have any problem in it. I never tried to stop my transfer order.”

The transfer orders for Kundu come within hours after a Chandigarh court dismissed bail application of Vikash Barala on Tuesday.

The government has not mentioned any reason for Kundu’s new posting in the transfer order.

Last month, Varnika Kundu, daughter of a senior IAS officer, VS Kundu, had accused Vikas Barala (23) and his friend Kumar (27) of being chased for several kilometers and stalking her. Vikas Barala is the son of Harayan BJP Chief, Subhash Barala.

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The chase was caught on six CCTV cameras, where the footage showed a white SUV racing after Kundu’s black sedan. She had called the Chandigarh police, which apprehended the boys, who were allegedly drunk. Both were booked under sections 354 D (stalking) of the IPC and under provisions of Motor Vehicle Act.

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But Vikas and Ashish were let off within hours of their arrest, because they were only charged with stalking and drink driving, which are bailable. However, later the police also charged them with two more sections under attempt to kidnaping, after Kundu’s Facebook post went viral and led to massive public outrage.

The spotlight shifted on the police, who was accused of diluting the case under pressure from the state’s ruling BJP.

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