13012018-CT-01.qxd 1/13/2018 12:32 AM Page 1 c m y b cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE SATURDAY | 13 JANUARY 2018 | CHANDIGARH MP slams Tandon camp Man duped of ~27,500 Riya masters Jyotsana MP Kirron Kher has a dig at Tandon camp, says invited to MC function for first time. P2 Man duped of ~27,500 by two unidentified con men at the SBI in Sector 19. P7 Riya Kaushik continues her impressive run as she masters Jyotsana Yadav in tennis final. P8 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 22.5°C MIN 9.5°C | YESTERDAY MAX 22°C MIN 7°C | SUNSET SATURDAY 5.42 PM SUNRISE SUNDAY 7.20 AM Vikas Barala walks out on bail Snatchers target visually impaired teacher, 2 others Claims in press note that he is 100 per cent innocent, visits temple after leaving Burail Jail ❝ STALKING When you know you are innocent and have not done anything wrong, you don’t fear anything. My unflinching faith in God and concern for my family’s honour saw me through the five months I spent in custody. I would now like to concentrate on my law studies and try to make up for the five months lost CASE Ishrat S Banwait Tribune News Service Chandigarh, January 12 After more than five months in custody, Vikas Barala walked out of the model jail in Burail carrying books. Accused of stalking and attempting to abduct 29-yearold Varnika Kundu, the Haryana BJP chief’s son has been in custody since August 9, 2017. He was granted bail by the High Court yesterday after the District Courts refused it four times. However, he refused to comment, saying that the matter was pending in the court. As an army of mediapersons waited anxiously, at around 7.25 pm, Vikas was seen walking towards the gate supporting a cap on his head. The police allowed him to exit via a side entrance but the media rushed towards him. While being coaxed with questions and requests to say something, he finally said, “Kuch nahin, mamla abhi court mein hai (nothing, the matter is still in the court)”. As soon as he said this, his VIKAS BARALA ❞ CO-ACCUSED APPLIES FOR BAIL Stalking case accused Vikas Barala comes out of Burail Jail in Chandigarh on Friday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: VICKY family members and friends, who were there to take him, grabbed him, put him in a car and rushed out. All this unfolded in a matter of sec- onds and it seemed like Vikas was being abducted. He was put in a sedan bearing a Sangrur registration number followed by two more cars, On Friday, the co-accused in the case, Ashish Kumar, applied for bail at the District Courts. He was arrested along with Vikas and had also applied for bail previously, but it was denied. The bail plea will be taken up on Monday. which bore Haryana registration numbers. The cars left the spot in full speed, neglecting traffic rules. However, less than 20 min- HC relief for Mohali Mayor Tribune News Service SHOW-CAUSE NOTICE Chandigarh, January 12 Just about a week after a show-cause notice was issued to Mohali Mayor Kulwant Singh for removing him from councillorship, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today made it clear that any order, if passed, would not come into effect till the next date of hearing. Justice Daya Chaudhary also directed the placing of the order before the court in a sealed cover. As his petition came up for hearing, senior advocate DS Patwalia with Sukhmani T Patwalia contended that a resolution in the matter was passed by a majority in a general house meeting. It was approved by the Department of Local Government. The bid was confirmed, after following the due procedure. Patwalia added the petitioner was one of the members of the house/committee. Denying violation of procedure or of law, Patwalia added the impugned showcause notice was issued with predetermined mind to remove the petitioner from the councillor’s post. He also refused the allegations of concealment of facts. Appearing on Mohali MC’s behalf, senior advocate Akshay Bhan submitted that the petitioner made wrong averments in the petition as well as in the arguments that action had The Punjab Government had issued a show-cause notice to Kulwant Singh for taking away his councillorship for alleged misuse of power in the purchase of a tree-pruning machine and causing loss to state exchequer. . not been taken against other committee members. He added the officers concerned had already been recommended for suspension and chargesheeted on the allegations. Some of the documents have not been placed on record, which amounted to concealment of facts. Appearing for the state, Additional Advocate General Anu Chatrath also opposed the submissions made by counsel for the petitioner. Issuing notice of motion, Justice Chaudhary asserted the grounds taken in the writ petition would be treated as reply to the show-cause notice, in case it was not filed. Fixing January 22 as the next date of hearing, Justice Chaudhary added: “In case the petitioner files a reply today, the respondents are at liberty to consider the same before taking any action on the show-cause notice. “However, the respondents are directed not to give any effect to the order till next date of hearing and the order passed, if any, be brought before this court in sealed cover”. c m y b utes after he walked out, a press note was issued claiming that Vikas visited a temple after he left the jail and met his family there. His statement in the press note states, “When you know you are innocent and have not done anything wrong, you don’t fear anything. My unflinching faith in God and concern for my family’s honour saw me through the five months I spent in custody. I would now like to concentrate on my law studies and try to make up for the five months lost”. The note added that he was angry and in disbelief at being rearrested. It also says, “Knowing well that I am 100 per cent innocent, I calmed myself during my custody and convinced myself to keep a positive frame of mind. My routine during the custody was to offer my prayers and study.” Vikas did not go to his father’s government residence in Sector 7 and his family refused to disclose his location. The security guards outside the official residence said there was no one inside the house and that the family had left yesterday. However, multiple cars could be seen parked there. Tribune News Service Ruchika case crusader Anand Prakash dead Tribune News Service Panchkula, January 12 Ruchika Girhotra molestation case crusader Anand Prakash passed away here last night. Prakash (74), who lived in Sector 6 here, was the father of Anuradha, friend of Ruchika. Prakash was suffering from prostate cancer and was taking treatment from the PGI and the General Hospital, Sector 6, Panchkula. Recently, Prakash and his wife Madhu had lent support to the family of Varnika Kundu, on whose complaint a case of stalking was registered against Vikas Barala, son of Haryana BJP president Subhash Barala, in Chandigarh. The cremation will take continued on page 7 Act caught on CCTV Chandigarh, January 12 Three snatching incidents have been reported from the city. Miscreants snatched a purse from a visually impaired woman teacher while she was getting down from a rickshaw along with her husband, who is also visually impaired, outside their house in Sector 32. Police sources said the victim, Vanita Saini, a teacher at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 35, returned home along with her husband around 2.40 pm when two motorcycle-borne miscreants came from the rear and snatched her purse. The purse contained Rs 400, a mobile phone, important documents and other valuables. The incident was caught on a CCTV camera installed at a house opposite the victim’s house. Both miscreants were wearing helmets and black jackets. The police have collected the CCTV footage and registered a case at the Sector 34 police station. The second snatching inci- The victim, Vanita Saini, a teacher at GMSSS-35, returned home along with her husband around 2.40 pm when two motorcycle-borne miscreants came from the rear and snatched her purse. The incident was caught on a CCTV camera installed at a house opposite the victim’s house. dent was reported from Sector 47 around 3.15 pm, where two miscreants riding a motorcycle snatched a gold chain from a woman. Sources said the victim, 65year-old Usha Jain, a resident of Sector 47, reported that the miscreants snatched her gold chain near her house. The accused approached her on the pretext of asking for an address. The third snatching incident was reported from Sector 38 around 6.30 pm. Sources said two miscreants riding a motorcycle sped away after snatching a gold earring from the victim, Anita, a resident of Sector 38. The incident took place near Stepping Stones Senior Secondary School, Sector 38.
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