MP: Scam-tainted IAS officer appears in court on wheelchair to surrender

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Jan 13, 2015 22:26 IST

Scam-tainted IAS officer Tinoo Joshi surrendered in a city court on Tuesday, making a dramatic appearance on a wheelchair after evading the law for several months in a highly-publicised disproportionate assets case.

Tinoo Joshi and her husband Arvind Joshi, also an IAS officer of the same 1979 batch, are facing charges of amassing wealth to the tune of Rs 360 crore, which is allegedly way beyond their known sources of income. Arvind Joshi is still on the run.

Immediately after giving herself in, Joshi sought bail for an urgent operation on Wednesday at a hospital in Rajasthan’s Udaipur city.

The court, however, rejected Joshi’s plea and remanded her in judicial custody for 14 days.

The court of additional district judge Dinesh Prasad Mishra also directed that medical facilities be provided to her in jail and asked the Lokayukta police to verify the medical report submitted by a doctor who accompanied her. She was also accompanied by two nurses.

Her counsel Pratul Shandilya prayed to the court that his client should be given regular bail as she has to undergo hysterectomy procedure -- removal of uterus -- at the Government Medical College in Udaipur.

The Madhya Pradesh high court had earlier rejected her bail plea on October 31 following which she had moved the Supreme Court seeking anticipatory bail, said the Lokayukta counsel PN Singh Rajput.

However, the apex court directed her to appear before the trial court within 15 days but later extended the deadline till January 13.

Arvind Joshi and his wife Tinoo, both 60, were dismissed from service in 2014 and were absconding since March 1 last year when the Lokayukta police charge-sheeted them.

Since then, the court has issued around half-a-dozen arrest warrants against them.

Trouble started for the IAS couple when income tax sleuths raided their residence in Bhopal on February 4, 2010 and recovered cash worth Rs 3 crore and foreign currency besides documents related to properties and investment.

Lokayukta police also raided their residence on December 10, 2010 and recovered more cash and other documents relating to allegedly ill-gotten money.

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