Pradeep Pattanayak

In the latest twist in Behrampur’s Tapaswini-Sumit marital discord saga, Tapaswini’s advocate filed a petition in the district court on Thursday, challenging the verdict of the SDJM court. 

Seeking a direction from the SDJM court to allow her to stay in her husband, Dr Sumit Sahu’s, residence, Tapaswini Dash had filed a petition on December 17. Hearing the petition on December 20, the SDJM court had rejected her plea.  

Challenging the decision of the SDJM’s court, Tapaswini’s advocate Deepak Pattanayak filed a petition in the district court today which is slated to be heard on December 27. 

“As per Section 2 (s) of the Domestic Violence Act, Tapaswini has the right to stay in her in-laws’ house till the case is decided. On that ground, we had filed a petition in the SDJM court on December 17. The court rejected it on December 20. Therefore, we have filed a petition in the district court which is scheduled to be heard on December 27,” informed Pattanayak. 

Reacting to the development, Sumit’s advocate Surendra Behera said they have not been served any notice. “Since the matter is sub-judice before the district judge, it is now up to the court to deliver whatever order it deems appropriate,” Behera said. 

Meanwhile, Sumit Sahu’s leave period at his office has already expired. It is learnt that the physician has not joined duty at Balisira health centre till Thursday. 

Notably, Tapaswini’s ongoing battle for daughter-in-law status and stay at Sumit’s house has completed one month.

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