HYDERABAD/GUNTUR: IPS officer S Syam Sundar has landed in trouble for taking a little too much interest in a dowry harassment case. Following a writ petition filed by a software professional alleging that Syam Sundar, an IPS officer of the 2005 batch and presently working as urban SP of Guntur, is romantically involved with his estranged wife, the AP high court has ordered the authorities to probe the matter.
After admitting the write plea of Kotha Karthik, Justice R Subhash Reddy, in his order on Thursday, asked the authorities to probe whether the several calls the SP had made to Karthik’s estranged wife Yadlapalli Gopipriya at odd hours between January 1 and March 20, 2012, were in connection with the investigation in the dowry harassment case. “We pleaded with the court that the SP’s clandestine relationship be brought out. Let the CID probe the entire matter,” Karthik’s counsel B Purushottam Reddy said.
Syam Sundar was transferred to Warangal as urban SP in the IPS officers’ shuffle on Friday evening.
Gopipriya had filed the dowry harassment case (on December 16, 2011) in the fifth additional junior civil judge court in Guntur against Karthik and his family after the latter filed a case in a family court in September 2011 seeking divorce. Such cases are usually handed by CI or SI or SHO level rank officials. However, Syam Sundar seems to have taken the matter into his own hands as is evident from the call list details put out by Karthik. The couple got married in 2009 and has been living separately for the last one year. Karthik engaged a private detective agency to get the call list, sources said.
The IPS officer made 166 calls to Gopipriya in 80 days starting January 1. Each call lasted about 30 minutes and the calls were usually made between midnight and 2 am. As many as 53 calls were made by Syam Sundar from his residence No 0863-2352100 to Gopipriya’s No 8885555522, 61 calls from his official mobile No 9491067800, 26 calls from his office No 2333222 and another 26 calls from camp office No 2234222. In return, he received nearly 226 calls from Gopipriya. “In all, they exchanged 1,944 SMSs and made 582 calls,” Purushottam said.
Syam Sundar’s late-night conversations point to a relationship between the two, allege many social activists and concerned citizens. Lawyer and social activist A Sanjeev Reddy said that they were petitioning the inspector general of police to take stringent against the IPS officer. “Why should he involve himself in a matrimonial dispute,” he asked. He said in cases of matrimonial matters, it is essential that two women constables and lawyers from both sides are present with the concerned parties when the issue is addressed. “It is therefore strange that the SP took it upon himself to have lengthy midnight conversations with the woman, who has filed a case,” he said.
Karthik’s counsel said where was the need for the SP to call up a complainant in the middle of the night. “How can he justify his actions? He has a lot of answering to do,” he said. The lawyer said the civil judge court forwarded the dowry case probe to Arundalpet PS but the SP managed to shift it to the women police station to `fix’ Karthik and his family members who, however, had managed to secure an anticipatory bail.
BJP mahila leader Sridevi alleged that the SP was trying to frame Karthik by getting personally involved in the case. The complainant in his writ plea charged that Syam Sundar had visited his wife several times in his personal car to his in-laws’ residence at Koritipadu in Arundalpet police station limits. Sources said after filing the case under section 498A against Karthik, his father Hariprasad, IT deputy commissioner in Kolkata, mother and grandmother, Gopipriya met the SP at a grievance day programme and developed a friendship with him. Her father Nagamalleshwar Rao, however, said that it was he who had made the calls to the SP after receiving `threatening calls.’ He also claimed that the calls were made from his son’s mobile and not Priya’s. But he was evasive as to why they didn’t file a complaint on the threatening calls.
Gopipriya, meanwhile, has denied the allegations of any affair with Syam Sunder. She said she had met him only on January 26. She added that she will fight it out.
IG Harish Kumar Gupta said they were gathering all details and would send a report to the government after conducting an internal enquiry. Syam Sundar, who is currently on leave, rushed back to Hyderabad after he was summoned by director general of police Dinesh Reddy. His wife Minu works as assistant engineer in Kerala State Electricity Board and they have a six-month-old baby daughter.
Syam Sundar is reputed to be a straight forward but hot-headed officer. He was earlier involved in a dispute with rural SP A Ravichandra over allocation of the official bungalow and use of the official car. He broke the nameplate of Ravichandra before entering the bungalow and threw away all the files relating to the rural district.