Cuttack: As per the direction of the Supreme Court, actor-turned politician Anubhav Mohanty and his wife Varsha Priyadarshini will appear before the Family Court here on April 5.
Earlier, the apex court had directed the Patiala House Court to transfer the divorce petition of Anubhav Mohanty to the Family Court in Cuttack. The court will hear the divorce petition filed by the Parliamentarian.
Anubhav’s counsel Ashwani Dubey had earlier said the former had filed an application in the Supreme Court praying for the divorce petition to be heard expeditiously for following reasons:
i) Anubhav as well as his parents were unwell,
ii) Father is on dialysis and is subjected to extreme stress
iii) Anubhav and his family members are subjected to undue media glare and public trolls
iv) Varsha has been intentionally tarnishing his reputation by washing dirty linen in public
v) Owing to this he is being targeted politically
Last year, Varsha had moved to the Supreme Court seeking transfer of the divorce suit from Delhi to the Family Court in Cuttack. Hearing the petition, the apex court had referred the case to a mediation centre while granting stay order for further proceeding in the Patiala House Court to settle the marital dispute.
Earlier, Varsha had filed a domestic violence case at the Sub-Divisional Judicial Magistrate (SDJM) Court in Cuttack on August 7, 2020, accusing Anubhav of torturing her physically and mentally. A month before the case, Anubhav had filed a petition in the Patiala House Court on July 6, 2020, seeking divorce from her. The marital discord between the couple came to fore later in September last year.