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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Sep 20:

Champua MLA Sanatan Mahakud appeared before the Mahila police here last night in connection with the harassment case filed against him by Kavita Mahakud who claims to be his son Pankaj’s wife.

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The legislator arrived at the Mahila police station here after 11 pm and was questioned for around 10-15 minutes, informed Bhubaneswar DCP Satyabrata Bhoi, adding that the MLA could be called for further quizzing.

Notably, Kavita had on March 1 claimed herself to be the wife of Pankaj and filed a complaint of harassment against the Champua MLA and his son-in-law Dinabandhu Barik at the Mahila police station. She had alleged that Sanatan Mahakud forcibly kept her husband Pankaj away from her and managed to get him married for second time. She also claims to have a daughter from Pankaj, with whom she had a love marriage.

Police had registered a case under sections 498A (Husband or relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty), 341 (Punishment for wrongful restraint), 506 (Punishment for criminal intimidation) and 34 (Acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) sections of the IPC against Mahakud and his son-in-law on the basis of the complaint lodged by Kavita.