Missing Teesta file: CBI detains MHA official Anand Joshi

CBI spokesperson Devpreet Singh said the agency had been tracking Joshi and he was detained around 5 pm.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: May 16, 2016 7:57 am
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Home Ministry Under Secretary Anand Joshi, who went missing on May 11 — the day he was to appear before CBI for questioning in a corruption case — was on Sunday arrested by the agency. Sources said Joshi was found hiding at a relative’s residence in West Delhi.

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Joshi, who disappeared Wednesday morning from his Indirapuram home, was picked up from Tilak Nagar area and taken to the CBI headquarters for questioning. CBI spokesperson Devpreet Singh said the agency had been tracking Joshi and he was detained around 5 pm.

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“He was brought to CBI headquarters and questioned about the allegations against him. Since he was not cooperating with the investigations, he was arrested,” Singh said.

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Joshi had alleged corruption in the top brass of the home ministry and claimed he was being harassed and framed as he had refused to favour certain NGOs, which were offering bribes to the tune of several hundred crores.

He had disappeared from his home, leaving behind a note for his wife in which he claimed he had been subjected to “mental harassment” in recent months. His family claimed he had been undergoing treatment for depression for nearly two decades.

Ghaziabad police had registered a missing person complaint in this regard while CBI had said that it would summon Joshi again for questioning.

On May 9, the CBI registered a corruption case against Joshi and claimed searches at his house and office had led to the recovery of Rs 7.5 lakh in cash and documents, including files pertaining to the Home Ministry and the I&B Ministry.

He was also accused of being in illegal possession of a file relating to actions under the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA) against activist Teesta Setalvad’s NGO Sabrang Trust. Raids at his home and three companies owned by his wife led to the recovery of files of several other NGOs, including CARE India.

CBI has alleged that Joshi was arbitrarily issuing notices to various NGOs and favoured some for pecuniary gains. He was kept under watch by the home ministry for several months before a complaint was filed with the CBI.

Official sources claimed Joshi had sent notices to about 60 NGOs for “violation” of FCRA provisions in November 2015. Some of Joshi’s seniors in the ministry may be questioned over the notices, sources said.

Speaking to The Indian Express earlier, Joshi claimed: “I was offered around Rs 200-250 crore to remove Ford Foundation from a blacklist. When I refused, the organisation lodged a complaint with the PMO. Officers in my department, such as Additional Secretary B K Prasad, began pressuring me to give a clean chit to Ford Foundation. When I refused, all these allegations of corruption were levelled against me. I never removed the file on Sabrang Trust either.”

Dismissing the allegation, Prasad had said, “he (Joshi) is talking rubbish. This is a matter of CBI investigation. The truth will come out.”
A statement issued by Ford Foundation had also rejected Joshi’s allegations.

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    Drzenda
    May 15, 2016 at 2:20 pm
    HE WAS IN A POSITION WHERE HE COULD HAVE MADE CRORES AND CRORES AND IF THEY COULD FIND ONLY 7.5 LAKHS AND SOME FILES THEN I WOULD BELIEVE WHAT HE IS SAYING IS TRUE, SOME ARE TRYING TO FIX HIM. IN INDIA EVEN PEONS SERVING WITH GOVT . ARE CROROPATIS!possible cbi inquiry was part of the scheme to shut him up permanently.CULTURE - BABUS AFTER ALL HUNGRY FOR CRORES DON'T NEED OBSTACLE! INVESTIGATE PRASAD.
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      Jafar
      May 15, 2016 at 7:20 pm
      Teesta was a loyal puppet of Sonia and congress. She portra bad image for Modi and Gujarat. She is a traitor.
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        Mytake
        May 15, 2016 at 6:30 pm
        Nehruvian love for India can make them do anything! That "love" even turns otherwise would be "Jehadis" against "corruptions" like AAPtards into loyalists changing their mindset very quick with the flick of a switch!
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          MyTake
          May 15, 2016 at 10:51 pm
          Intolerance brigade will soon be up in arms and awardwapsi brigade will soon be returning more of their "awards"!lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Does not make "sense" of any "logic" why the mongrels suddenly stopped complaining about Modi's education! Run out of breath? Plotting their next move?
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          MyTake
          May 15, 2016 at 10:47 pm
          Legacy of Congress (that is of Nehruvian India) lies in making the theme of corruption a form of extraordinary art appreciated only by few new breed "High Command" Indians after having their "Diksha" with Nehruvian mantra! The slaves i.e. the people at large were neither aware of the mantra nor it's working but just decided to climb on the band wagon of "chalta Hai" train for their mere survival. Only the enmity of stan forced some Indians to have some of their fighting spirit keep working i.e. retaining and bringing in some humanity in them (due to wrong reason of course). If stan were not there India would have disintegrated long time ago on its own under the weight of its "leaderships" (When any of these leaders open their mouth one can see the quality of their leadership and what they truly represent)! lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;If one is to thank stan ever one can thank it only for the wrong reason reason it gave to India that somehow contributed more to its coming together then the "right" reason Indian leadership ever gave to it (of course until stan bought it at which stage merely by chance Modi came to the scene)!
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            Yogesh Sharma
            May 15, 2016 at 2:19 pm
            No body can harm Teesta Setalwad. She is of a special cl.
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              Vikrant
              May 15, 2016 at 3:13 pm
              She was Sonias pet dog who was barking after being paid by UPA. Took crores in the name of Gulbarg society and used it for buying wines. Is being represented by Sibal in SC and delaying the dates of hearing of ger cases on various grounds
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              Siva
              May 15, 2016 at 3:06 pm
              Super Selva!
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