Cop in soup for 166 calls to woman complainant

IPS officer S Syam Sundar has landed in trouble for taking a little too much interest in a damsel in distress who sought his help in a dowry harassment case.

Following a writ petition filed by a software professional alleging that Sundar, an IPS officer of the 2005 batch who was  working as urban SP of Guntur and was transferred to Warangal as Urban SP on Friday, is romantically involved with his estranged wife, the AP High Court has ordered the authorities to probe the matter.

Justice R Subhash Reddy after admitting the writ plea of techie  Kotha Karthik asked the authorities to probe whether hundreds of 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 have pleaded the court to find out why the SP has taken so much of interest in this particular case,” Karthik’s counsel B Purushottam Reddy said.

Gopipriya, had filed the dowry harassment case  against Karthik and his family after the latter filed a case in a family court in September 2011 seeking divorce. 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, which he submitted to court sources said.

Karthik alleged that 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 Sundar from his residence  to Gopipriya’s number 61 calls from his official mobile, 26 calls from his office and another 26 calls from camp office. In return, he received nearly 226 calls from Gopipriya and they exchanged 1,944 SMSs and in all made 582 calls,” Purushottam said.

However, Gopipriya has denied any wrongdoings. “The phone belongs to my brother and we are in touch with the SP as the case was progressing,” Gopipriya, who is a engineer by profession, said.

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