Mrunal Manmay Dash

The office of the Marriage Registrar, Cuttack has summoned Somalika Dash, the rumoured girlfriend of Tirtol MLA Bijay Shankar Das, to furnish documentary evidence proving her allegations against the legislator.

She has been asked to appear before the Marriage Registrar's office at 3:30 pm on November 7.

The office has also directed Somalika to bring along any witnesses she might have to corroborate her allegations.

On October 7, days after the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MLA applied for marriage at the sub-registrar office, Somalika Dash submitted an objection at the same office.

According to sources, Das is going to marry Pratyusha Nanda, a resident of Arunodaya Market area in Cuttack. The lawmaker submitted the application on September 21 for registration of marriage with Pratyusha at the office of the registrar of marriage, Cuttack.

It is pertinent to mentioned here that the case pertaining to his alleged relationship with Somalika is sub-judice. Somalika brought a series of allegations including rape against him after the MLA did not turn up for marriage with her on the wedding day.

Informing about the application, Cuttack District Marriage Registration officer Gopabandhu Parida said, “The marriage application is now in one month objection period. After one month and before 90 days, they will have to appear for the marriage. The case would be treated as per the law, if anyone objects within the objection period.”

When contacted, Somalika said she was surprised at the move of the Tirtol MLA. “I am surprised that he (Tirtol MLA) has taken such a step even when our matter is sub-judice.”

“He (Bijay) is doing all these things because the party is shielding him. In Jagatsinghpur, the police summoned me and my family members and recorded statements. On the other hand, he has not been summoned even for once. No action is being taken against him due to the party power. His party is protecting him," she added.