Baleswar, Sep 27:
Barsha Soni, the estranged wife of Rajashree Mohanty, and daughter-in-law of former Law and Urban Development minister Raghunath Mohanty, is in back news, this time for claiming a monthly maintenance allowance.
Barsha Soni’s counsel Amarballav Nanda Thursday filed a petition for a monthly maintenance allowance of Rs 60,000 from her husband Rajashree Mohanty with the Family Court here. The petition has been admitted by the court for hearing.
“I have begun my fight to get justice and shall continue my struggle till it is achieved”, Barsha Soni said.
She said, she is staying separately following her rift with her husband. She added that though her parental home was in Baleswar,she was staying in Bhubaneswar to pursue higher studies and needed the money towards her maintenance.
Notably, Barsha Soni was in news last year after she filed a sensational case of alleged dowry torture against her husband, father-in-law, mother-in-law, sister-in-law and the sister-in-law’s husband. It became a high profile case as her father-in-law Raghunath Mohanty was a key minister in the Naveen Patnaik cabinet.
The government, then under tremendous pressure from all quarters had to entrust the Human Rights Protection Cell (HRPC) with the investigation of the case. The HRPC team first arrested Barshasoni’s husband Rajashree Mohanty from Choudwar. Later her father-in- law, former minister Raghunath Mohanty and mother-in-law Pritilata Mohanty were arrested from a flat in Shalimar area of Kolkata.
The other two accused in the case, her sister-in-law and her sister-in-law’s husband were granted anticipatory bail in the case.
The matter had taken such a serious turn that Raghunath Mohanty had to resign from the ministry as well as lose vice president post in the BJD. ( SPM)