While a session’s court in the State on Thursday rejected the bail application of the arrested son of former State law minister Raghunath Mohnaty, two special teams comprising the selected policemen of Human Rights Protection Cell (HRPC) here launched a massive manhunt to nab the absconding MLA and three other family members, including his wife, who have been booked by the police in a dowry torture case.

According to highly placed sources at police headquarters here, the HRPC team upped it ante to arrest the senior BJD leader, who is now left with no legal protection after his pleas to the High Court were turned down on Wednesday. Booked under several charges, including Section 498-A and 506 of IPC after his daughter-in-law brought dowry harassment allegations, the Basta Assembly segment legislator in Balasore district went underground since Friday last after putting in his papers as a minister.

As Mohanty and other accused in the case have not been apprehended yet, the Balasore district and session’s court reportedly turned down the bail application of his son Raja Shree Mohanty on Thursday. Raja Shree, the key accused in the case, was arrested by the HRPC police from an undisclosed location on the outskirts of the city here last Sunday. His bail application was also turned down earlier by the local SDJM court where he was produced on Monday last.

While the son is now cooling his heels behind the bars, the ruling party MLA, his wife, and two of his relatives are now giving sleepless nights to the HRPC police by staying underground, even as the police teams have raided several hideouts in Balasore, Cuttack, and Bhubaneswar  and a few other locations outside the State.

However, the police stepped up their lookout effort from Wednesday when Mohanty’s writ petition to quash the FIR registered against him and family members was dismissed. Similarly, the High Court also refused to grant any interim relief to the beleaguered former law minister and his family. Mohanty had urged the High Court to direct the investigating policemen to refrain from taking any coercive action against him and other accused family members.

Even if the former minister approaches the High Court for an anticipatory bail, the same is unlikely to come up for adjudication by next week, says an advocate here adding that the police is now left with no choice but to arrest him and other accused persons named in the FIR and produce them in the court.

  • HRPC personnel have launched a manhunt to nab the former minister

  • Several charges have been made against the former minister and his son