While senior BJP leader LK Advani continued his anti-corruption yatra, a hoarding titled 'Legendary daughters of Madhya Pradesh' in the capital of the BJP-ruled state of Madhya Pradesh showed a tainted IAS officer rubbing shoulders with a late poet, an educationist and party leader Uma Bharti.
The billboards were hurriedly brought down on Wednesday, but not before it had set the city aflutter.
The tainted officer Tinoo Joshi and her husband Arvind Joshi (also an IAS) were both suspended following income tax raids in 2010 that revealed illegal assets to the tune of Rs 350 crore.
Joshi was, however, identified as Nirmala Buch, the first woman chief secretary of Madhya Pradesh. Since the hoarding had no credit line, it was difficult to ascertain who put it up.
But as it came up on Madhya Pradesh Foundation Day, it was assumed that the culture department that was organising programmes across the city was responsible for it.
But state director, culture, Shriram Tiwari denied the same. "It is proven by the fact that the hoarding didn't have the credit line of the culture department or the MP Foundation Day logo." Tiwari said the department has nothing to do with the billboards.
Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan ordered an inquiry into the incident on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Enforcement Directorate sources in New Delhi said that properties of the suspended IAS couple would be attached.
Tinoo served as deputy secretary in the Prime Minister's Office from July 1, 1988 to January 1, 1990 while Arvind was joint secretary in the defence ministry during the 1999 Kargil conflict.