Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Balasore, Mar 6:
A day after a lower court here excluded former Odisha minister Raghunath Mohanty and his wife Pritilata as parties in a Domestic Violence (DV) case, their daughter-in-law Barsa Swony Choudhury today said that she would move the Orissa High Court challenging the verdict.
The Mohanty couple had petitioned District and Sessions Judge court here pleading to exempt them from being parties in the DV case.
While the court ruled in favour of the petitioner, Barsa Swony Choudhury has said that she would challenge the verdict in the High Court.
“The lower court has delivered its verdict on the DV case filed by me. I have not gone through the court order copy yet as the High Court is closed now for holidays. We would examine it and move the High Court,” Barswa Swony Choudhury said.
Notably, the High Court would remain closed till March 9 and reopen the following day after a break of five days.
It may be recalled that 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.
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 SDJM court on January 30 this year rejected the plea of Raghunath Mohanty.
Barsa Swony’s husband—Rajashree Mohanty– had also 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.