Vikas Barala, son of Haryana BJP chief Subhash Barala and accused in the high-profile Chandiarh stalking case, has been sent to the judicial custody till August 25.
The two appeared before duty magistrate Gaurav Datta at the Chandigarh district court on Saturday. Surya Prakash Garg, lawyer of the accused, said that his client has alleged that they are making him scapegoat in this case. The court allowed the application and the two will now be produced in court on August 24. They were sent to jail as Chandigarh Police did not seek their police remand. Regarding the incident, there was a huge outrage on the streets and in Parliament.
The defence lawyer had earlier claimed that Vikas and Ashish had not committed any offence and said a "media trial" was going on in the case.More news: 'Let's See' What N. Korea Does With Guam
"We are investigating facts and will take strict action if some lapse is found", Gurugram's Commissioner of Police Sandeep Khiwar said. Meanwhile, ANI had reported that Director General of Police (DGP) Chandigarh Tajender Singh Luthra had said that Vikas and his friend Ashish were slapped with charges of abduction.
Sources say that the police pressed for custody as they will require both the accused to conduct further investigation in relation to the complaint made by the victim. On August 5, Vikas Barala was arrested along with Ashish on the charges of stalking and harassing an IAS officer's daughter Varnika Kundu in Chandigarh.
However, both were released from the jail after they got bail in the case.