Dowry row: HC rejects Barsha plea to expedite hearing

Bhubaneswar: The Orissa High Court today rejected a petition of Barsha Swony Choudhury, the estranged wife of Rajashree Mohanty and daughter-in-law of former minister Raghunath Mohanty, urging to expedite the hearing of the dowry torture case filed by her in Balasore family court.

Notably, there was no outcome of the counselling for a legal rapprochement between Barsha and Rajashree which was initiated by the family court last month.

During the counselling, though Barsha had shown interest to stay with her husband, she put some conditions before the court. Barsha, in her conditions, had demanded family members of Rajashree should admit their crime and return the assets that they had taken during marriage as dowry.

But Rajashree, who was arrested along with his family members on the basis of the dowry torture case filed by Barsha, did not show any interest when asked about his views on his estranged wife’s fresh demand.

“The case has gone to a different level now. We are simply framed by her family members due to some vested interests,” Rajashree said, adding that there was no future of this relationship.

On March 14, 2013, Barsha had lodged a complaint in the Balasore Town police station alleging that Rajashree’s father, mother, sister and brother-in-law tortured her physically and mentally as her parents failed to meet their dowry demand of Rs 25 lakh cash and a Scorpio vehicle.

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