Anubhav-Varsha marital discord: SC stays divorce petition, asks to settle amicably

Bhubaneswar: The Supreme Court of India today stayed the divorce petition filed by Kendrapara MP Anubhav Mohanty in the Patiala House Court and asked counsels of both the parties to sort out the matter through discussion.

Hearing a petition seeking transfer of the divorce suit, the apex court referred the case to a mediation centre for settling the disputes between Anubhav and his actress wife Varsha Priyadarshini.

“The court referred the matter to the mediation centre while issuing notice and granting stay order for further proceeding in the Patiala House Court. The notice has been issued to Anubhav Mohanty and Patiala House Court to stay the divorce proceeding,” informed Advocate Krishna Kumar, Varsha’s counsel appearing in the court.

Earlier, Ollywood actor Varsha had moved the Supreme Court seeking transfer of the divorce petition filed by her husband from Delhi to the Family Court in Cuttack. The court had fixed the date for hearing into the matter on October 16.

“Neither there is a single male member in Varsha’s family nor has she enough money to frequently visit Delhi for the divorce case. Before listening to any argument of counsels from both the sides, the Supreme Court termed it a ‘high-profile’ case and advised them to settle the dispute by finding a mutually agreed solution,” said Varsha’s lawyer Goutam Bhola.

The court said that the matter can be settled amicably through mediators, the advocate added.

Recently, the Sub-Divisional Judicial Magistrate (SDJM) Court in Cuttack had served a notice to BJD MP Anubhav Mohanty for his reply in connection with the domestic violence case lodged by his wife Varsha. The hearing of the case has been scheduled on November 12.

It is to be mentioned that Varsha had already filed a domestic violence case at the SDJM Court in Cuttack on August 7 accusing Anubhav of physical and mental torture. A month before the case, the actor-turned-politician had filed a petition seeking divorce from her on July 6, 2020. The marital discord between Ollywood’s power couple came to fore later in September.

Earlier on October 7, the Patiala House Court in Delhi had issued a notice to Varsha asking her to depose before it on December 10 in connection with the divorce case.

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