Ramakanta Biswas

In compliance with the order of the Orissa High Court, estranged couple Tapaswini Dash and her doctor husband Sumit Sahu appeared before a designated reconciliation centre of a court in Cuttack on Saturday. 

As per sources, Tapaswini, who has been fighting the legal battle to save her marriage, reached the mediation centre first along with her lawyer. Later, her husband Sumit arrived at the mediation centre for counselling. 

The mediation officer at the centre held discussion with the couple in order to understand the differences between them and resolve the issues mutually. If necessary, the court may again ask the couple to appear before the mediation centre.  

In its earlier hearing last month, the HC had directed the couple to go to a house taken on rent at Aska area and videograph the house to ascertain whether it was worth living or not.

The court had also directed Sumit to inform through an affidavit the status of his government quarters.

The next hearing was scheduled for April 30. However, acknowledging the importance of the case, it was learnt that the case has been now listed on April 13. 

It can be reminded that the public saga of Tapaswini trying hard to save her marriage with her doctor husband has been in the headlines for over last several months. 

On November 22 last year, 26-year-old Tapaswini dressed in bridal attire sat outside the house of Sumit in Brahmanagar locality of Berhampur demanding to be allowed to live in the house with her husband.