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

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The two accused, who left the Sector 26 police station here amid tight police security, reached the district court complex at around 2:20 p.m.

Presenting the accused in the court, Chandigarh Police, which had taken a two-day police remand on Thursday, did not seek further custody.

After rearresting Vikas Barala and Ashish Kumar on the charge of attempt to kidnap in the Varnika Kundu stalking case, police had referred to the statement of a witness, who sources say was driving behind the accused's vehicle when they were arrested at the Housing Board light point late on last Friday night.

There was a massive outrage on streets and in the Parliament regarding the incident.

Director General of Police, Chandigarh, Tajender Singh Luthra said "on charges of attempt to abduction the duo was arrested".

Subhash Barala, however, rebuffed the claim of pressurising or influencing the police in the case.

The defence counsel submitted that media trial was going on in the case, further pointing out that no recoveries were to be made from the two accused.

In another damning evidence in the Chandigarh stalking case, a CCTV footage has been recovered of August 4th which clearly shows accused Vikas Barala purchasing alcohol before chasing down Varnika Kunda at midnight.

File image of Vikas Barala. They were, however, granted bail the same day.

They were re-arrested on August 9 and charged with attempted abduction under Section 365 of the IPC and Section 511, which relates to an attempt to commit an offence punishable with life or other imprisonment.

Subhash Barala broke his silence on the matter on Tuesday after being mute for over three days and said, Varnika "is like my daughter".

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