Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Baleswar, Jul 30:
After a couple of failed attempts at a joint counselling session, the district Family Court in Odisha’s Baleswar town on Wednesday held separate counselling sessions of the estranged couple –Barsa Swony Choudhury and Rajashree Mohanty—involving the divorce suit filed by Rajashree.
Baleswar Family Court Judge Girish Kumar Mishra counselled the couple at odds separately to patch up and sort out the differences.
After the session, Rajashree, son of former minister and five-time Basta MLA Raghunath Mohanty said: “I would accept whatever decision the court gives in this matter.”
On the other hand, Barsa said: “I am hopeful I would definitely get justice from the court.”
The court, on June 2, had conducted a joint counselling session for an amicable solution to the dispute. However, it eneded without any breakthrough as Rajashree rejected the reconciliation offer as a result of which the court had directed the couple to appear before it on July 17.
Though Rajashree Mohanty turned up, Barsa Swony Choudhury did not appear in the court due to personal reasons after which the court postponed the hearing to July 29.
Barsa’s counsel had filed a time petition in the court saying his client failed to appear before it as she was seeking admission into a college.
Accepting the plea, the court had directed the duo to make a personal appearance before it on July 29.
The marital discord among them took an ugly turn after Barsa filed a case at Baleswar Town Police Station under sections 498 (a) (husband or relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty), 448 (trespass), 506 (criminal intimidation), 34 (common intention) of the IPC and section 4 of the Dowry Prohibition Act (penalty for dowry).
On March 14, 2013, Barsa had accused Rajashree, her father-in-law Raghunath Mohanty, mother-in-law Pritilata Mohanty, sister-in-law Rupashree Madhual and brother-in-law Suvendu Madhual of torturing her physically and mentally for dowry.
It may be recalled that District and Sessions Judge court here on July 24 had rejected the plea of Rajashree Mohanty to drop domestic violence charges levelled by his estranged wife Barsa Swony Choudhury. A similar plea field by the petitioner in the lower court was also rejected earlier.