Uproar in Odisha Assembly over dowry charge against Raghunath Mohanty

Assembly stalled as Congress MLAs demand minister's arrest.

Written by PTI | Bhubaneswar | Published:March 15, 2013 2:57 pm

The Odisha Assembly was today stalled over the resignation of Raghunath Mohanty as Law and Urban Development Minister. Congress MLAs stormed into the well to demand the arrest of Mohanty who is accused in a dowry case.

As soon as the House assembled for the day,Opposition Congress members were on their toes demanding a statement by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on the matter involving an FIR registered against Mohanty following allegation of dowry torture levelled by his daughter-in-law.

With uproarious scenes persisting,Speaker Pradip Kumar Amat adjourned the House till 11:30 AM.

When the House reassembled,the Chief Minister in a statement informed the members that the case against Mohanty has been handed over to the Human Rights Protection Cell for investigation.

Patnaik said Mohanty tendered his resignation on moral grounds consequent upon registration of FIR at Balasore to ensure free and fair investigation.

Congress legislators were up in arms after the Chief Minister’s statement with party MLA S S Saluja asking the government to clearly spell out the steps being taken.

Saluja said,“ Mohanty should be arrested if the charges against him are found to be correct. In case the allegations are false,appropriate action must be initiated against the complainant.”

Describing the developments as unfortunate,BJD MLA and former minister Pradip Maharathy said there was no need to discuss the sensitive issue in the House in details.

As leader of opposition Bhupinder Singh and Congress chief whip Prasad Harichandan were not given an opportunity to speak on the matter,Congress members trooped into the well shouting slogans and demanding Mohanty’s arrest.

Congress members also wanted to know as to why the case was handed over to human rights protection cell.

Amid din,the House was first adjourned till 12.45 PM and then up to 3 PM due to uproar.

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