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IAS, Virender Kundu Transferred; Is the Chandigarh Stalking Case the Reason?

The pressing question is why has Viender Kundu been transferred?

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Virender Kundu transferred to low key post by the Haryana government. Is there any connection with the Chandigarh staking case that led to the arrest of the BJP chief’s son.

The Haryana government transferred Virender Kundu, the additional chief secretary (tourism) to a low key department as the ACS (science and technology). According to reports from Hindustan Times, this transfer has fueled the speculations that the transfer is related to the Chandigarh stalking case. Notably, the case had Virender Kundu’s daughter, Varnika Kundu being followed by Vikas Barala, the son of Haryana BJP chief, Subhash Barala and he was arrested by the police, on charges of stalking.

However, though a transfer order has been given, no reason has been stated in the orders that mention the reason of the transfer. And, it also comes within hours after the bail plea of Vikas Baral was rejected by a Chandigarh court.

Randeep Singh Surjewala, a senior Congress leader reacted to the transfer and took to social media to express his dissatisfaction with the transfer. He tweeted, “punished for standing up to BJP in the quest for justice for his daughter, Varnika Kundu?”

On the contrary, Virender has said that he does not have any objection to the transfer. He stated that he never tried to intervene with his transfer orders and this time too he will not do so. Additionally, he said that considering his responsibility, the government can depute him anywhere.

It must be mentioned here that last month, Vikas Barala and his friend, Ashish Kumar, were arrested for stalking Varnika, who is a DJ. Stating her horrifying experience, she also stated that the duo was driving recklessly while they were drunk. Varnika also reported that they tried to abduct her.

Along with Virender Kundu, Ashok Kumar Meena, the Director of Development and Panchayats Department, Vijai Vardhan, the ACS, Tourism, as well as, Jyoti Arora, the Principal Secretary of Higher Education Department has been transferred as well.

 

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