Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Police on Sunday arrested the son of former Law Minister Raghunath Mohanty in the dowry torture case filed by his wife. Raghunath Mohanty had to resign as Law Minister after his daughter-in-law, Barsha, filed the case against him, his son Rajasree, his wife and other family members.
In her complaint at the Balasore police station, she alleged that she was physically and mentally abused by her in-laws for dowry a few days after her marriage in June 2012. She alleged that her in-laws demanded Rs 25 lakh and a Scorpio car from her family.
The pressure is now building on the police to arrest the ex-minister too.
A case was registered against the minister and others under section 498 (A), 506, 448 and 34 of IPC on the basis of the complaint. In her FIR, Barsha said she married Rajasree on June 24, 2012. During marriage, her parents had given Rs 10 lakh and other household articles.
She further alleged in the FIR that she was shocked over the attitude of her mother-in-law and brought the matter to the notice of her husband and the minister father-in-law. However, both her husband and father-in-law suggested that Barsha bring more dowry as demanded by the mother-in-law.
Barsha, who has now being staying at her parents house due to alleged torture, claimed that there was an attempt to kidnap and kill her on March 13. However, Barsha said she survived as other members of her family reached the place while some unknown people were about to abduct her.
The minister had refuted the allegation saying it was a conspiracy against him. He, however, had said he was ready to quit if asked to. Speaking to CNN-IBN, he had said, "Let the investigation be complete, people will know the truth. If the Chief Minister asks me to, I am willing to resign."
Mohanty, MLA for fifth consecutive term, had been a minister since 2000 and held important portfolios including parliamentary affairs, industries and IT.
(With additional information from PTI)