Chandigarh stalking case: Vikas Barala sent to judicial custody till August 25

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The prosecution did not seek an extension of police remand for the duo, apart from filing an application to send the two accused to judicial custody. The duo was produced in the court of duty magistrate Gaurav Dutta amid tight security around 12.40 pm.

After spending two days in police custody, Haryana BJP chief Subhash Barala's son Vikas and his friend Ashish Kumar have been sent to judicial custody till August 25.

On Thursday, defence counsel Surya Prakash Garg had pleaded "not guilty" for the accused.

There was a massive outrage on streets and in the Parliament regarding the incident. However, Subhash Barala refuted the claims of pressurizing or influencing the police in the case. The police had arrested the duo, after charges of attempt to kidnap were slapped against them.

Meanwhile, residents of Chandigarh held a march on Friday night in support of Varnika Kundu. Both the accused were re-arrested on Wednesday as they were charged with Sections 365 and 511 for attempt to abduct of the IPC in the already registered FIR against them for allegedly stalking and harassing the woman. They were, however, granted bail the same day. They were first booked by the Chandigarh Police for stalking and drunken driving.

"We have taken to the streets to give a message to everyone that women are free to move around at any time and can not be forced to face harassment from men", activist Amy Singh said. He further stated that, Varnika "is like my daughter" and assured action against his son.

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