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Sanjita Dhali demands action against her ‘MLA father’


Reported by Santosh Jagdev

Bhubaneswar, Feb 3 :

Sanjita Dhali, who has been fighting for justice since 2009 to establish herself as the biological daughter of former Minister and Biju Janta Dal (BJD) MLA from Balipatna Aurobinda Dhali,  submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday, demanding action against him.

She has also threatened to go on an indefinite dharna in front of the assembly from February 10 if her demand is not met.

She addressed a press meet today to present her case and share details of the memorandum.

Sanjita Dhali at the press meet on Monday, Feb 3
Sanjita Dhali at the press meet on Monday, Feb 3

In her memorandum, Sanjita has placed three demands before the CM – allowing her a personal hearing into the case within seven days, asking Aurobinda Dhali to step down from the post of MLA or face expulsion from the party and denying  Dhali party ticket to contest in the coming elections..

Sanjita who claims to be Aurobinda’s daughter from his first wife,  reiterated her demand that a DNA test be conducted to prove her point that she is indeed his daughter.

Aurobinda Dhali has repeatedly denied that Sanjita was his daughter. He had, at one point, agreed for a DNA test,Sanjita, said.

“My father is afraid of a DNA test and that explains why he is delaying the due process of law by filing writ petition for a stay,” Sanjita alleged.

Sanjita’s battle began on 25 July 2009 when she lodged a case against Aurobinda Dhali in the local Mahila police station alleging that she had been subjected to mental and physical torture by her father several times.

“When I was only three months old, my father ignored me and married another lady,” said Sanjita.

Later, Aurobinda got her married forcibly to one of his drivers Rajib Majumdar who later put her to a great deal of  mental torture, she said, adding “My father got me married when I was only 14.”

On 11 August 2009, Sanjita had submitted a petition to Mahila Commission who later ordered a DNA test of Aurobinda to find out once for all if he was Sanjita’s biological father.

However, Dhali managed to secure a stay on this order, the memorandum added.

Further a civil suit on the paternity controversy is pending before the Civil Judge Bhubaneswar. However, that is pending because the MLA by using his power and position managed to get stay order from the Odisha High Court against all cases related to the controversy, the memorandum  alleged.

The memorandum also says, the MLA ‘s statement that a 104-year old person Ashwini Ray of Kalimela in Malkangiri district is the father of Sanjeeta was proved to be false.

“I have approached everybody – from the IIC to the Commissioner of Police, from Mahila Commission to the Human Right Commission and from the SDJM Court to the Odisha High Court, but I am still waiting for justice,” Sanjita said.

“I have not lost hope and I am confident I will get justice from the judiciary. But before that I expect the kind Chief Minister, who is considered to be the champion of women’s cause and has launched a numbers of yojanas for the betterment of women, to  give justice to me,” Sanjita said, adding, “If fail to get justice I will sit on a dharana in front of the Assembly from February 10.”