Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jul 14:
The Odisha High Court today turned down an appeal by Barsa Swony Choudhury seeking directions for expediting hearing in the dowry torture case filed by her in the Baleswar family court.
Barsa is the estranged wife of Rajashree Mohanty and daughter-in-law of former minister Raghunath Mohanty.
It may be mentioned here that counselling for rapprochement between Barsa and Rajashree initiated by the family court had failed.
Though Barsa had expressed her willingness to stay with her husband during the counselling, she had put certain conditions for the rapprochement. She had demanded that family members of Rajashree should admit their crime and return the assets that they had allegedly taken during here marriage as dowry.
However, Rajashree, who was arrested along with his family members on the basis of the dowry torture complaint filed by Barsa, remained non-committal when asked about his views on his estranged wife’s fresh demands.
Rajashree had then said that the case had reached a point of no return. He alleged that his family members have been framed for vested interest adding that there was no future in the relationship.
On March 14, 2013, Barsa had lodged a complaint in the Baleswar Town police station alleging that Rajashree’s father, mother, sister and brother-in-law tortured her physically and mentally as her parents failed to meet their dowry demand of Rs 25 lakh cash and a Scorpio vehicle.