Orissa crime branch to probe BJD MLA-woman dispute

Bhubaneswar: Realising the limitations of local police, Orissa government has ordered the crime branch to probe the dispute between ruling BJD MLA Arabinda Dhali and a woman who claims to be his daughter.

Twenty-three-year-old Sanjita has been claiming that she is the daughter of Dhali even as the ruling BJD MLA has denied her claim.

A woman SP of the crime branch would supervise the case, the government order said.

Dhali, also a former minister, had meanwhile, refused to subject himself to DNA tests as suggested by the State Commission for Women (SCW).

"I have instead filed a defamation case against six persons including the SCW's acting chairperson for tarnishing my public image," Dhali said.

The matter had already landed in the Orissa High Court with Sanjita seeking direction from the court for conduct of DNA tests on Dhali and her to prove her claims.

Though Sanjita, a mother of two girls, had lodged a complaint at the Mahila police station here one month ago, she moved the court alleging that the police did not probe the matter as the accused belonged to the ruling party.

Sanjita in her FIR had alleged that she was tortured at Dhali's residence. "He (Dhali) even married me off to a driver when I was a minor (14-yr-old)," she alleged.

Sanjita is now staying at a home for destitute women along with her daughters.

Bureau Report