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Monday June 09, 2014

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Battle for Paternity: Ripples of Delhi HC Verdict felt in Odisha

 

"While the verdict in Rohit Sekhar Paternity case came in Delhi High Court on July 27, 2012 on basis of N D Tiwari's DNA report, it has its ripples felt in Odisha as a similar battle is fought here on the paternity claim case filed by Sanchita Dhali claiming her to be the daughter of the former minister of Odisha and a sitting BJD MLA Arabinda Dhali. As per the latest information, Sanchita Dhali has again appealed before the Odisha State Women Commission claiming her to be MLA Arabinda Dhali's daughter and demanding DNA test of Arabinda for a confirmation."

 
Basudev Mahapatra  
   

The recent Delhi High Court verdict favouring a DNA test in a paternity claim case filed by Rohit Sekhar and declaring him the biological son of senior Congress leader ND Tiwari. While the verdict on basis of the DNA report came in the Delhi High Court on July 27, 2012, it has its ripples felt in Odisha as a similar battle is fought here on the paternity claim case filed by Sanchita Dhali claiming her to be the daughter of the former minister of Odisha and a sitting BJD MLA Arabinda Dhali. As per the latest information, Sanchita Dhali has again appealed before the Odisha State Women Commission claiming her to be MLA Arabinda Dhali's daughter and demanding DNA test of Arabinda for a confirmation. However, till recently when he was talking to a private TV Channel, Arabinda Dhali termed such claim as baseless while disagreeing to go for a DNA test.

 

A suit was filed by Sanchita in this regard in 2009 seeking her paternity to be established and compensation be granted on various grounds. But the sitting MLA from Odisha’s ruling party BJD Arabinda Dhali has been in a denial stand to all such claims terming them vague and otherwise motivated.

Sanchita approached the Odisha State Woman Commission (SWC) on the issue demanding a DNA matching of Arabinda Dhali and sanchita Dhali. The commission, after hearing the case, directed Arbind Dhali to go for DNA test. But Arabind Dhali could escape the DNA test by challenging the commission's direction in the honourable High Court of Odisha.

Sanchita’s cases, one regarding the claim of paternity and the other demanding a DNA test for its scientific establishment, are still pending in the court with stay orders obtained by MLA Arabinda Dhali. Even though the case caused some troubles to Dhali, he successfully kept himself away from its tentacles by obtaining stay orders.

In between, the MLA in controversy, Dhali submitted an affidavit before the Bhubaneswar SDJM Court claiming that Aswini Ray, 90 plus years of age, is the father of Sanchita Dhali. Sanchita refuted such claim terming the subject of the affidavit as incorrect. Sanchita’s mother Kamla Dhali has also filed an affidavit confirming that Sanchita is the daughter of Arabinda Dhali.

The recent Delhi High Court verdict in the paternity case involving ND Tiwari seems to have become a ray of hope for Sanchita Dhali. Now the question is, if a former Chief Minister and a senior Congress leader could be asked by the court to give blood samples and cooperate in the DNA matching, why the same can’t be done with Arabinda Dhali in Odisha? And, may be with this hope, Sanchita has once again knocked the doors of State Women’s Commission. Even though the SWC expressed its inability in taking any prompt step as the case is sub-judice, the Delhi High Court verdict in Rohit Sekhar paternity case may influence this case in the courts and help Sanchita getting justice.

Sanchita’s lawyer Rutuparna Mohanty, who says that the DNA test will take place, "if not today, surely tomorrow", seems to be quite hopeful.

 

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