The court directed the Hyderabad commissioner of police to initiate departmental action against the four and imposed Rs 2,000 penalty on each of them for subjecting the victim to severe harassment.
The IPS officer is AR Srinivas, presently additional commissioner of police (crimes), Hyderabad. The others being sent to jail are assistant commissioner of police (Banjara Hills) M Sudarshan, Jubilee Hills circle inspector S Rajasekhar Reddy and sub-inspector Naresh.
Pronouncing the order, Justice G Radha Rani came down heavily on the police for violating the norms prescribed by the Supreme Court while dealing with the marital dispute case and also for getting a lookout circular (LOC) issued against the husband, knowing fully well he was in Bangkok with his mother and child from an earlier marriage.
The high court, however, stayed the execution of the sentence for six weeks so that the convicted officers can file an appeal against the sentence.
The judge gave the verdict in the case filed by Jakka Vinod Kumar Reddy (49) and his mother Soujanya Reddy of Jubilee Hills, who now reside in Bangkok, Thailand.
Vinod married Sumana Paruchuri in 2011. It was a second marriage for both of them. Owing to differences, Vinod and Sumana parted ways and started living separately since July 2014.
Supreme Court counsel Dil Jit Singh Ahluwalia, who argued the case of Vinod before the high court, said his client has a daughter from his first wife and that he had shifted to Bangkok to train her in badminton. His daughter is currently junior world No. 2 in badminton representing India. Vinod’s mother also had gone to Bangkok to be with her son and granddaughter.
Vinod was fighting a case against Sumana to stop her from taking over his property in Bengaluru. The Jubilee Hills police inspector issued five letters to the sub-registrars in Bengaluru not to entertain any sale transaction on his properties. In the meantime, Sumana filed a dowry harassment and domestic violence case against Vinod, his mother and his sister in 2019.
Though the law makes it mandatory for the police to issue a notice under CrPC section 41-A, no such notice was given, Dil Jit said. Srinivas, in his capacity as west zone DCP then, got an LOC issued against Vinod and his mother though he knew full well that they were in Bangkok. “In fact, they have been pleading for a notice in the case,” the senior counsel said.
Dil Jit said Srinivas connived with Sumana and cops too misled the court by showing the mother-son duo as absconding. “All the while the WhatsApp messages they have sent to police displayed green ticks,” Dil Jit explained.
A second FIR was registered illegally against the mother and son, the counsel said and brought to the notice of the court how the police tried to implicate Vinod in an Arms Act case despite the fact that he had deposited his licensed pistol with Jubilee Hills police station.
At this juncture, the judge found fault with the police officials and sentenced them to four weeks in jail.