Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Balasore, Mar 5:
A local court here today dropped the names of former Odisha minister Raghunath Mohanty and his wife as parties in a domestic violence (DV) case filed by their daughter-in-law Barsa Swony Choudhury.
Adjudicating over the case, District and Sessions Judge court here exempted the petitioner Raghunath Mohanty and his wife Pritilata Mohanty as parties in the DV case filed by Barsa.
Barswa Swony had filed a DV case at the Sub Divisional Judicial Magistrate (SDJM) court here against her estranged husband Rajashree Mohanty in which her father-in-law Raghunath Mohanty and mother-in-law Pritilata Mohanty were made parties in the case. However, the SDJM court had rejected the plea on January 30 this year.
The five-time Basta MLA Raghunath Mohanty and his wife had filed a petition in the court to exclude them as parties in the case. After series of hearings in the case, the court yesterday rejected the plea of Raghunath Mohanty.
It may be recalled that Barsa Swony’s husband—Rajashree Mohanty– had moved the District and Sessions Judge court here on July 24 last year seeking to drop domestic violence charges against him. However, the court rejected Rajashree’s plea. A similar plea field by the petitioner in the lower court was also rejected earlier.
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.
On January 14 this year, Balasore Family Court had directed Rajashree Mohanty to pay Barsa Swony Choudhury a monthly interim maintenance of Rs 25, 000 in an alimony case filed by her.