Ashburn resident in legal battle with Southern Walk HOA
The saga of Sasidhar Aadipudi, a Southern Walk resident, stems from his 2013 inquiry into the finances and legal fees of the community's homeowners association, specifically expenditures relating to telecommunications provider OpenBand. Since then, the episode has spiraled to include Aadipudi being denied an opportunity to run for an HOA board seat, being accused of stalking and eventually being kept off the board despite winning the seat in an open election.
The Southern Walk homeowners board initially agreed to show Aadipudi their financial records, but only if he agreed to sign a non-disclosure agreement, according to Aadipudi's lawyer, former Democratic Loudoun County Supervisor Stevens Miller. Aadipudi refused to sign the agreement for two reasons, Miller said.
“He didn't want to give the HOA board the power to accuse him of violating an agreement they had no legal right to impose upon him, and he also wanted to be able to discuss what he found with appropriate advisers and/or agencies of government,” said Miller.
Southern Walk homeowners association president Erika Cotti referred questions about Aadipudi's case to attorney Constance Miller, who is representing the community.
Constance Miller did not return calls seeking comment.
Cotti would say only she's “sorry the homeowner has taken it to this level.”
In 2013, in hopes of gaining full access to the Southern Walk HOA finances, Aadipudi sought a seat on the board, but was denied the chance because the HOA said he wasn't in good financial standing with Southern Walk. Aadipudi's attorney denies the claim his client wasn't up to date on his HOA fees.
Then in 2014, Aadipudi earned enough votes to win election, but was denied because litigation was ongoing, according to court documents.
Stevens Miller claims Aadipudi has been systematically targeted by Cotti, including claiming through court documents Cotti wrote, “Please DO NOT allow Shashi Aadipudi on the HOA Board, he has stalked my neighbor.”
A forensic document examiner contracted by Stevens Miller did not confirm or deny that Cotti wrote the stalking sentence, but that “there are indications” she wrote the sentence.
Stevens Miller noted, “Mr. Aadipudi absolutely denies ever having engaged in any activity that could be described as 'stalking.' In spite of that, Ms. Cotti filed a report with the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office in 2013, claiming that, 'Mr. Aadipudi continues to cyber harass and potentially cyberstalk me.' Shortly after she filed that report, I spoke to the Sheriff's Office, which informed me that they would take no action on Ms. Cotti's complaint.”
On May 1, a judge ordered the defendants to turn over non-redacted copies of the 2013 ballots – the election in which Aadipudi is believed to have received write-in votes. Southern Walk HOA already provided the ballots but with the information largely redacted.
Stevens Miller and Aadipudi have also filed a second complaint in late April, asking the Circuit Court to declare him the winner in the 2014 election.
“[Southern Walk] has put up every barrier possible between my client and the books,” Stevens Miller said.