Odisha’s Law and Urban Development Minister Raghunath Mohanty on Friday 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,” Mr. Mohanty told reporters, while refuting the charges levelled by Barsha Sony Mohanty, his daughter-in-law.

Ms. Barsha had lodged an FIR against the minister, his wife Pritilata, his son Rajasree and other members of family on Thursday 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 Mr. Mohanty.

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