Former Odisha minister Raghunath Mohanty, wife arrested in dowry torture case
Place: Bhubaneswar/Balasore | Agency: PTI
lace: Bhubaneswar/Balasore | Agency: PTI
lace: Bhubaneswar/Balasore | Agency: PTI
Balasore: The bail application of Raja Shree Mohanty, son of former Odisha Law Minister Raghunath Mohanty, was on Monday rejected for the third time by a court here in a dowry case.
The Sub-Divisional Judicial Magistrate, Balasore, heard the bail petition moved by Raja Shree’s advocate which stated that he was suffering from hypertension while in judicial custody.
The court, however, rejected the plea observing that “there is no change in circumstances,” assistant Public Prosecutor Arun Behera said.
The courts of the SDJM and the district session judge had earlier rejected his bail petition twice on the ground that other accused persons allegedly involved in the dowry torture case had not been arrested so far.
Doctors, on the request of Raja Shree’s petition before the SDJM, had submitted a status report on his health.
Raja Shree, who was arrested on March 17 near Cuttack, was produced before the SDJM court at Balasore by the HRPC on March 18 and remanded to judicial custody for 14 days as his bail plea was rejected by the court.
The police had registered a case under relevant sections of the IPC and the Dowry Prohibition Act against the former minister and other members of his family after Raja Shree’s wife Barsa Swony Choudhury filed an FIR on March 14.
Men trying “settlement” .. BEWARE !! wife can file GANG RAPE case against you and your lawyer!!!
Woman files gang-rape complaint against husband, lawyer
A 25-year-old married woman involved in a matrimonial discord case complained that her husband and three others, including an advocate, gang-raped her in a lawyer’s chamber in a court complex here, police said Tuesday.
The incident was reported around 6 p.m. Monday after the victim telephoned the Police Control Room.
“The victim made the allegation against her husband, husband’s lawyer, a clerk, and her husband’s brother-in-law. A case regarding the incident has been registered after victim’s medical report and probe is on into the incident,” said SBS Tyagi, deputy commissioner of police.
Police were checking the CCTV footage of both the courts and the call details of the woman and others to investigate the case.
The victim told police that she was raped inside a lawyer’s chamber at the Patiala House Court complex Monday evening.
The woman, a resident of Pandav Nagar in east Delhi, said that after marital discord with her husband she had filed a divorce case which was being going on at Karkardooma court in east Delhi.
She alleged that her husband’s lawyer called her at Karkardooma court to settle the issue Monday afternoon, where her husband’s sister and brother-in-law were already present.
“After talking at Karkardooma court for hours, the lawyer asked them to come to Patiala House court. She reached Patiala House court and went to lawyer’s chamber number six where her husband offered her beer which she refused. After that all the accused gang-raped her,” police said, quoting the victim’s complaint.
The accused later threatened her of dire consequences, police said.
Dowry charge fells Mohanty
RAJA SHREE MOHANTY
Ours was an arranged marriage. However, within a few days, my wife left the house because she suspected my character and alleged that I had an affair with a number of women. How does the question of torture arise when my wife has been staying at her parents’ place for the past seven months? I am shocked at these wild allegations!
How could we have a good conjugal life when we were not even staying together? Her family never supported me. I tried my best to bring her back to my house. We also went to Puri to start afresh, but nothing worked. Time and again, she threatened me, saying that she would commit suicide and put my family behind bars. Her allegations of dowry demands are completely baseless. I am an engineering graduate and have worked with the Vedanta and Tata groups. Only six months ago, I quit my job to dabble in anther profession. I had a good income and I bought a four-wheeler with my hard-earned money. Neither have I ever asked her for a Scorpio vehicle, nor have any extra-marital affairs. I am aware of my family’s social position and would never do anything to tarnish it. However, her familystarted poisoning her mind. Her family has a Congress background and they are using Barsa merely as a pawn to defame my family and me. Honestly, at one point of time, I was scared to bring her back to the house, because I thought if she committed suicide, we would be dragged into myriad problems.
I had never in my wildest dreams imagined that my wife would lodge a case against me. I am going through a period of turmoil. Only a fair probe will reveal the truth.
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