STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Raghunath, wife finally held in dowry case

Former minister Raghunath Mohanty was removed as the vice-president of the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) on Saturday by Chief Minister and party supremo Naveen Patnaik hours after he was arrested in a dowry torture case.

Published: 31st March 2013 11:30 AM  |   Last Updated: 31st March 2013 11:30 AM   |  A+A-

Raghunath-Mohanty

Former minister Raghunath Mohanty was removed as the vice-president of the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) on Saturday by Chief Minister and party supremo Naveen Patnaik hours after he was arrested in a dowry torture case.

“BJD president Naveen Patnaik has removed Basta MLA Raghunath Mohanty from the post of BJD vice-president,” a release issued by the party said.

The former minister and his wife Pritilata were arrested at Betaitola in Howrah district of West Bengal early on Saturday.

Meanwhile, the Chief Minister, who is in Delhi, said the law would take its own course in the case against Raghunath, who had gone into hiding since March 15 after resigning from the Cabinet.

Soon after his arrest, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kalpataru Das had said that Raghunath should now resign from the party post. Government chief whip Prabhat Tripathy and government deputy chief whip Sanjay Dasburma had requested the former minister to surrender in the interest of the party.

However, police swung into action after Raghunath ignored the advice of the BJD leaders.

Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) president Niranjan Patnaik demanded that the trial of the case against the former minister and his family members should be done in a fast track court. “Law never takes its own course under Naveen Patnaik,” Niranjan said and added, “if he is serious about checking the growing atrocities against women in the State, the case should be handed over to a fast track court.”

Raghunath and his wife were produced in the court of Sub-Divisional Judicial Magistrate (SDJM) in Balasore which reserved its judgment on their bail pleas till April 2.

Earlier, Additional Director-General of Police and Chief of HRPC Bijay Kumar Sharma said the former minister and his wife were arrested from an apartment at Betaitola in Howrah district of West Bengal at about 3.30 am. “They were frequently changing their cell phone numbers and were finally traced after tapping over 50 phone numbers. They were residing in two flats taken on rent in the name of different persons since March 20,” Sharma said.

A five-member team brought Raghunath and his wife to Marine police station at Chandipur and interrogated them for over a couple of hours. They were then taken to a defence guest house and later to defence hospital for medical examination before being produced in the SDJM court amidst tight security.

Stay up to date on all the latest Odisha news with The New Indian Express App. Download now

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp