Vikas Barala, son of Haryana BJP chief Subhash Barala, has been accused of stalking Indian IAS officer Virender Kundu's daughter Varnika. Photo: India Blooms

The Haryana government on Tuesday transferred Virender Kundu, a senior Haryana Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer, to a relatively low-key department, according to media reports.

The bureaucrat, who was posted to the state’s Tourism Department, is now an additional chief secretary in the Science and Technology Department, The Indian Express reported. However, Kundu will continue serving as vice-chancellor of the State University of Performing and Visual Arts, Rohtak.

It has been speculated that the transfer may have been a reaction to Kundu standing up to Haryana BJP chief Subhash Barala, whose son was arrested for stalking Kundu’s daughter Varnika nearly a month ago.

Vikas Barala filed a bail plea at a court in Chandigarh, but the court dismissed the plea on Tuesday.

On August 7th, Asia Times reported that Varnika alleged that while she was returning home late on August 4th, Vikas and his friend harassed her, chased her and tried to open her car door while she was driving alone. The police arrested them after the woman lodged a police complaint the same night. Vikas, a law student, and his friend Ashish Kumar were booked for stalking and drunk driving.