Odisha’s Law and Urban Development Minister Raghunath Mohanty today resigned on “moral grounds” after his daughter-in-law filed a dowry case against him and his family members.

The minister rushed to Naveen Nivas, residence of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, and tendered his resignation in the wake of registration of a case at Balasore Town Police Station against him and his family members.

“I have submitted my resignation to the Chief Minister on moral grounds,” Mohanty told reporters outside Naveen Nivas, while refuting the charges levelled by Barsha Sony Mohanty, his daughter-in-law.

Barsha had lodged an FIR against the minister, his wife Pritilata, his son Rajasree and other members of the family last night.

“Allegation against me and my family is totally false and baseless. The people of Balasore know the truth. Let the law take its own course,” said Mohanty, five-time MLA from Basta constituency in Balasore district.

Mohanty, MLA for fifth consecutive term, had been a minister since 2000 and held important portfolios including parliamentary affairs, industries and IT.

On the basis of the complaint lodged by Barsha, a case has been registered against the minister and others under Section 498 (A), 506, 448 and 34 of IPC, police said.

In her FIR, the woman said she married Rajasree on June 24, 2012. During marriage, her parents had given Rs 10 lakh and other household articles.

(This article was published on March 15, 2013)
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