Sacked IAS couple owned properties 30 times their income: ED

Indore: The Enforcement Directorate (ED), on Wednesday, filed a charge-sheet in a special court here against the sacked IAS couple Arvind Joshi and Tinu Joshi under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002.

Arvind’s father and former Director General of MP Police HM Joshi, along with his mother Nirmala Joshi, sister Abha Gani, SP Kohli, (the then) manager, ICICI Prudential Insurance, Seema Jaiswal, Simant Kohli and Ethos Export Pvt Ltd also figure in the charge-sheet as accused.

24 flats in Bhopal, Delhi

The Income Tax Department had raided their official house at Bhopal on February 4, 2010 and discovered that they owned properties worth Rs 41.87 crore. It was found that they owned 24 flats in Bhopal, Delhi and Guwahati, had purchased 400 acres of land in the names of Arvind’s NRI sisters. Foreign currency—dollars, pounds and euros—was also seized from the Joshi residence. They had also invested in stocks, hotels, resorts and the liquor trade.

The couple’s estimated income in their entire service period was Rs 1.32 crores. This means that the properties owned by the couple were 3,151 per cent more than their known sources of income.

Rs 3 crore in cash

Tinu Joshi
Income tax officials arrrange stacks of currency notes found at the Joshi residence

The charge-sheet states that after the income tax raids and an investigation by Lokayukta, ED has attached assets worth Rs 7.31 crores, including Rs 3 crore in cash, insurance policies worth Rs 3 crore and a Rs 85 lakh flat in Bhopal.

Tinu was in PMO

Arvind and Tinu, both 1979-batch officers of the Madhya Pradesh cadre, held important positions at the Centre since the late 1980s. Tinu Joshi served as deputy secretary in the PMO from July 1988, to January 1990, while Arvind was joint secretary in the defence ministry during the 1999 Kargil war.

They were first placed under suspension and subsequently dismissed from service.