Berhampur: In the ongoing spat between a city-based couple Tapaswini Dash and Dr Sumit Sahu, the District and Sessions Court here heard petitions of both parties and has fixed January 4 as the date of judgment.
While Sahu had challenged the SDJM court’s order which stated that he accommodates Dash in his residence at his place of work, the latter had moved the District and Sessions Court appealing against a decision of the SDJM court.
The District and Sessions Court heard arguments of both the parties on Monday and has fixed January 4 as the date of judgment.
Sahu’s lawyer Debasnana Das said, “We stated before the court that in the month of April, the victim had filed a case under Section 498-A of the IPC. In September this year, Sumit had filed a divorce case. Since she had left the home of Sumit much before the filing of the domestic violence case, the demand for shared household is not legally justifiable.”
“Besides, we stated that the victim was in no mood to stay in the matrimonial home peacefully. Had that been the case, she would not have barged into the house of her in-laws, forcefully on December 20,” added Das.
On the other hand, Dash’s lawyer Deepak Pattnayak said, “We have challenged the SDJM Court’s order issued on December 20. The court has clubbed the appeals of both parties and will carry out a single judgment.”
“We have filed a petition before the court with statements from the protection officer and the IIC. On December 20, the SDJM court ordered that interim maintenance was not possible, we decided to move the District Court.”
Das added that his client has prayed for a shared household with Sahu and an interim maintenance of Rs 50,000 per month.