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Rashmi Rekha Das

The actor-turned politician claimed his parental house is a joint property and his brother has rights over it.

The sub-divisional judicial magistrate (SDJM) court, Cuttack on Tuesday reserved its order while hearing a petition in connection with a domestic violence case involving Kendprara MP Anubhav Mohanty and his wife Varsha Priyadarshini.

The court today heard a petition by Anubhav. During the hearing, the MP physically appeared in the court. In his petition, he suggested Varsha leave his house and assured to provide her better accommodation.  

As Varsha has been residing at Anubhav’s parental house following the court’s instruction, Anubhav and his family have shifted to another place. Anubhav claimed his parental house is a joint property. His brother has also rights over it. Thus, claiming ownership on the joint property of his family is not legal. Keeping Varsha’s status in mind, she would be provided good accommodation, Anubhav said while asking Varsha to vacate his parental house. 

It is learnt that Varsha had repeatedly been remaining absent during hearing while Anubhav hardly missed a court hearing. Earlier, Anubhav had alleged Varsha was not cooperating with the court hearing though she remained very much active in social media. 
It is said Anubhav wanted an end to hearings  and an end to the conjugal dispute so that he would get rid of Varsha. The latter has is not willing for a divorce while Anubhav is pressing ahead with it.

It may be mentioned Varsha had filed a domestic violence case at Cuttack SJDM court on August 7, 2020 accusing the actor turned politician of torturing her physically and mentally. Prior to Varsha’s case, Anubhav had filed a divorce petition at the Patiala House Court in Delhi. 

Later Varsha had moved the Supreme Court seeking transfer of the divorce petition to the Family Court in Cuttack.

Meanwhile, Anubhav’s lawyer Alok Mohapatra said, “Two petitions pertaining to alternative accommodation and income proof were filed for hearing by my client in the court.  We have urged the court to order Varsha to look for alternative accommodation facility as she is presently staying in a joint property. Anubhav’s uncle who is in the last stage of his life has also rights over the property. Anubhav’s parents and his uncle should not suffer amid quarrel between son and daughter-in-law.  Also Supreme Court guidelines also say the same. Varsha will be provided better accommodation along with police protection if she vacates my client’s parental property.”

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