‘I am innocent, a victim; political rivals targeting me to tarnish father's image", says Vikas Barala

January 13, 2018 06:44 PM

Punjab News Express
CHANDIGARH: A day after he was released on bail in the much hyped ‘Varnika Kundu case’, Vikas Barala on Saturday released a public video statement, reiterating his stand that he was completely innocent,  and asserting that he was being targeted to tarnish the political image of his father, who is state president of a political party.

Addressing the people he says “You all have been hearing a lot of talk about me. First and foremost, I would like to tell you that I amcompletely innocent. All charges levelled against me are false and baseless. In reality, I am myself a victim in this case.”

He rues the fact that “In these past five months, not once was I asked what were the real facts. Many people believed that I am guilty.”

Vikas goes on to mention that “My father is the state president of a political party and many political parties for this very reason are targeting me in an effort to tarnish his political image.”   

Expressing his family’s anguish, he says “I have no words to express the gravity of the torture, mental torture, my mother, my sister, my family and my near and dear ones have gone through in these five months, the trauma they have suffered, the unbearable pain they have had tobear.”

Describing his father’s dilemma, he says “Political circumstances were so grave that my father could not meet me or my lawyer, lest people start accusing a father of unduly helping his son.”

Clarifying his position vis-a-vis the rumours floating around, Vikas says “There are no charges of eve-teasing or molestation against me either in the FIR or in the court. These are all false and baseless,they are all rumours.”

Appealing to the people at large to believe only in facts of the case, he says “I am humbly appealing to all of you to please believe only in true facts and evidences linked to this case.”   

He signs off, saying “And, in the end, I would like to reiterate that I am completely innocent. All the charges levelled against me are false and baseless and I am actually the true victim in this case.”

Earlier yesterday, immediately after being released from custody, Vikas visited a temple in Sector 44 Chandigarh, where he met his mother and other family members and offered prayers.

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