A court here today fixed October 11 as the date when arguments on framing of charges will commence in the stalking case involving Haryana BJP president Subhash Barala's son Vikas Barala. The court dismissed as "infructuous" a plea filed by the defence lawyer seeking closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage of the sector-26 police station where the first information report (FIR) in the case was registered. "The court of judge Barjinder Pal Singh has fixed October 11 as the date when arguments on framing of charges in the case will start," said defence counsel Rabindra Pandit. The court dismissed the defence lawyer's plea seeking details of mobile phone calls exchanged between the victim and her father on the day of the alleged incident. Last month, the court of Additional District and Sessions Judge Rajnish Kumar Sharma had dismissed the bail plea of Vikas Barala, who had been booked on charges of stalking and attempting to abduct a 29-year-old woman in August. The woman, daughter of a senior IAS officer, had accused Vikas Barala (23) and his friend Ashish Kumar (27) of stalking her. The two men were arrested on the intervening night of August 4 and 5 following her complaint but were released on bail as they had been booked under bailable sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Motor Vehicles Act. There was widespread outrage over the alleged incident. The two were arrested again on August 9 after they joined the investigation and were charged with attempted abduction under sections 365 and 511 of the IPC.
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