Odishatv Bureau

Bhubaneswar: Mahila police here on Friday sent a notice to Pankaj Mahakud, son of independent MLA from Champua Sanatan Mahakud, asking him to record his statement in connection with a torture case filed by a lady claiming to be his wife.

Pankaj has been asked by the police to appear physically and record his statement in the case, informed Bhubaneswar DCP Satyabrat Bhoi. The statement of Pankaj will be recorded under Section 160 of IPC, Bhoi said.

On March 1, Kabita, who claimed to be the wife of Pankaj, had filed a case of physical and mental harassment against the Champua MLA here. Based on her complaint, a case was registered under Sections 498 A, 341, 294 and 34 of the IPC at the Mahila Police Station.

The complainant alleged that she had tied the knot with the MLA’s eldest son, Pankaj in 2012 after separating from her first husband Debasis Mahakud. The couple was living in Motu in Malkangiri district after marriage. She also alleged that since Sanatan was not in favour of her marriage with Pankaj, he forcibly took his son to Champua in August 2015 and had kept him confined there since then.

On March 10, she produced documents in support of her claim that Pankaj Mahakud was the father of her child.

She showed documents issued by the Baliguda hospital during the delivery of her daughter mentioning Pankaj Mahakud, the son of the Champua MLA, as the father at the Mahila Police Station. She also presented the birth certificate of her daughter, which had Pankaj's name as the father of her child, sources said.

Kabita also showed invitation cards printed on the occasion of the birth ritual celebrations of her daughter mentioning Pankaj as the father of her child, the sources added. However, Kabita could not present any document supporting her claim that Pankaj Mahakuda married her.