Dismissed bureaucrat couple has disappeared after the court issued arrest warrant against them the same way many high-profile persons facing charges did in the past, thanks to alleged police connivance.
The duo, Arvind Joshi and Tinoo Joshi, were dismissed after the case of disproportionate assets was lodged against them in special Lokayukta court. The court issued arrest warrants against them on August 28 when they skipped the previous two hearings in the case.
Sources suspect that the two might have escaped to the US where their close relatives are staying. However, the police are silent on the issue. A senior IAS officer on condition of anonymity said that their escape wasn’t possible without the connivance of the police. There was every possibility of the connivance as Arvind Joshi’s father, HM Joshi, happened to be an IG police, he said, adding the way the couple disappeared after lodging an active presence with the media, made one suspect their intent.
IG, SPE, Lokaykta, Ashok Awasthi, told HT that they would be serving warrants on Abha and Vibha in the US through the CBI as they too were accused in the disproportionate assets case.
Director general, SPE, Ajay Sharma, refused to comment on the issue of police's complicity in allowing high-profile criminals to make good their escape. He said "I would only say that we have warrants against them and we are looking out for them."
However, there are three major instances in which a high-profile accused escaped due to alleged police complicity. One is engineering student Mahendra Yadav case. Another case involves liquor baron Vinay Kedia and two others who were booked for abetting a contractor to commit suicide. The third case relates to suspended TI Upmanyu Saxena, who was accused of abetting his paramour to commit suicide.