Harassment case: Odisha MLA’s son-in-law appears before police

Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Sep 22:

Champua MLA Sanatan Mahakud’s son-in-law Dinabandhu Barik today appeared before the Mahila police in connection with the harassment case filed against him by Kavita Mahakud who claims to be the wife of the legislator’s son Pankaj.


Barik appeared at the Mahila police station here at around 6 pm and was questioned for around two hours, sources said.

After coming out of the police station, Barik said that he doesn’t know Kavita and her allegations are baseless. The truth will come out after investigation, he added.

Notably, MLA Mahakud had on Tuesday recorded his statement at the Mahila police station here under Section 162 of CrPC in connection with the complaint lodged by Kavita.

It may be recalled here that Kavita had on March 1 claimed herself to be the wife of Pankaj and filed a complaint of harassment against the Champua MLA and his son-in-law Dinabandhu Barik at the Mahila police station. She had alleged that Sanatan Mahakud forcibly kept her husband Pankaj away from her and managed to get him married for second time. She also claims to have a daughter from Pankaj, with whom she had a love marriage.

Police had registered a case under sections 498A (Husband or relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty), 341 (Punishment for wrongful restraint), 506 (Punishment for criminal intimidation) and 34 (Acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) sections of the IPC against Mahakud and his son-in-law on the basis of the complaint lodged by Kavita.

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