The Supreme Court on Wednesday issued notice to a trainee IPS officer as to why an anticipatory bail granted to him by the Madras High Court in a case of dowry and woman harassment registered against him should not be cancelled.

A Bench of Justices A.K. Patnaik and H.L. Gokhale issued notice after hearing senior counsel Pinki Anand and counsel G. Indira, appearing for the complainant, G. Priyadarshini.

Counsel Ms. Pinki Anand submitted that R.V. Varun Kumar was not entitled to anticipatory bail as, according to the investigating officer, he had not cooperated with the investigation as per the High Court direction. Further Ms. Priyadarshini said the IMEI numbers of the two cell phones surrendered by the accused did not tally with the IMEI number obtained from service providers .

According to the complainant, the two were friends since 2007 and Mr. Varun Kumar had promised to marry her. However, after being selected for the IPS in 2011, he changed his attitude and refused to marry her. He and his parents demanded two kg gold, Rs. 50 lakh in cash and a luxury car as dowry.

The complainant in her special leave petition said the anticipatory bail was granted without considering the earlier orders passed by the High Court. Ms. Priyadarshini said when she could not meet the dowry demands, the marriage was called off.

She alleged that Mr. Varun Kumar had told her “you [complainant] have no other remedy either to give dowry or commit suicide. You are giving dowry for the post.”

The petitioner said she believed the kind words of Mr. Varun Kumar and gave up the studies as he said “if both of them are in civil service, then we will not have a good family.” She said she had pledged her jewels and gave him Rs. 1 lakh for his studies. Contending that there would not be a fair investigation if he was on bail, she sought cancellation of his anticipatory bail.

Demanding why anticipatory bail should not be cancelled