Graft-tainted IAS couple sacked

A government spokesman confirmed that an 11-page termination order was served on the couple on Tuesday.

Written by Milind Ghatwai | Bhopal | Published:July 23, 2014 2:05 am

In probably the first such instance in the country, the services of IAS couple Tinoo and Arvind Joshi, both officers of 1979 batch, have been terminated four-and-a-half years after Income-Tax raids at their government bungalow in Bhopal.

Months after the I-T raids on February 4, 2010, the Lokayukta Police had also raided the same D-19 bungalow and filed a chargesheet. With the ED also investigating the couple’s transactions, the MP government had recommended termination of their services over two years ago.

Arvind was principal secretary (jails) and his wife was principal secretary (women and child development) when they were suspended on February 5, a day after the I-T raids.

A government spokesman confirmed that an 11-page termination order was served on the couple on Tuesday.

In his nearly three-decade long career till suspension, Arvind was once posted in the Defence Ministry (1994-2004) as joint secretary and his wife was deputy secretary in the PMO (1988-90).

When reached for comments, Arvind denied having received any order. “A lot of announcements are being made but none of them is true,’’ he said. “We have challenged the proceedings against us in the high court. The wheel of law moves slowly but it surely moves. I have faith in the judiciary. I know the fate of these proceedings because they were arbitrary and no norm was followed,’’ Arvind told The Indian Express over phone claiming he was not in Bhopal.

Arvind’s father H M Joshi, who retired as DGP, and mother are also accused in the case filed by the Lokayukta police. The state government has proposed seizure of tainted properties owned by the couple. Till the raids, Arvind was known to be a hard working officer. Investigators later found he had spent a lot of time investing in the stock market while in office. Though there were murmurs about corruption during his posting in Morena in the 1980s, it was his long stint in the water resources department from 2005 onwards that made people aware of his clout.

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    arvind
    Jul 23, 2014 at 2:08 am
    When this type of situation will happen in Maharashtra. There are number of cases reported in News paper and still tainted IAS, IPS and IFS Officers are in their Chairs. Should People report each and every case to Government or Government is knowing shielding them. What about Chhagan Bhujbal who has constructed a Bangalow worth Crores of Rupees in Nasik. Is it Samata? He is using the name of Mahatma Phule for looting Maharashtra. His activities must be publicised by Nasik reporters. Why are they doing chamchagiri of Chhagan Bhujbal?
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    Krish
    Jul 23, 2014 at 12:41 pm
    What about recovering the loot they robbed from Indians?
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    harry
    Jul 23, 2014 at 1:09 pm
    Good justice.There are many in the local courts who are legal luminaries, and they take money from the lawyers to sign a paper. The cost is ped to the public.
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    bhagawan
    Jul 23, 2014 at 1:45 am
    Just termination only as punishment for the highly corrupt Babu couple? How about sending them behind bars for at least 10 years as a warning message to other Babus? Over sixty years ago, ICS Officer S.A.Venkatraman was sent to jail for his wife indulging in kickbacks, etc., and having ets beyond their known sources of income.
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    U N
    Jul 23, 2014 at 5:37 pm
    These people should be sent to jail for looting and worikng against democratic principles.
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    $72993826
    Jul 23, 2014 at 5:09 pm
    If the BJP Govt in M.P. is serious about cleaning up politics and Government then let them put this couple behind bars. If you can't or won't then how are you different from our friends in the UPA.
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