Min son moves HC for anticipatory bail
Bhubaneswar: Basta MLA and former minister Raghunath Mohanty’s son Rajashree on Friday moved the Odisha High Court seeking anticipatory bail, after being named one among the five against whom the latter’s wife lodged a dowry torture case in Balasore Town police station last night.
Rajashree’s lawyer Surya Kanta Das said, “We have applied for anticipatory bail and hope to get it soon.”
Varsha Soni Choudhury, wife of Rajashree had lodged a dowry case against her husband, father-in-law, mother-in-law, sister-in-law and brother–in-law.
“Complainant Varsha Soni Chodhury’s case has been registered under section 498 (A), 448, 506, 34 of IPC”, Town police IIC Duryodhan Das said.
According to police, the family members of the minister including his wife Pritirekha Mohanty, son Rajasri Mohanty and his daughter and son-in-law have been demanding a Scorpio vehicle and Rs 25 lakh after marriage. Unable to meet their demand, Varsha and her family filed the FIR on Thursday night in this regard.
“My husband wanted to contest in the coming election from Jaleswar constituency and that is why he demanded Rs 25 lakh for his election campaign”, Varsha said.
Meanwhile, a five-member team of Human Rights Protection Cell (HRPC) has left for Balasore to probe into the matter after Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik handed over the matter to the nodal agency for further investigation.
Mohanty resigned as Urban Development minister Friday morning after meeting Naveen Patnaik.