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MP Lokayukta raids IAS couple, 2 engineers

india Updated: Dec 10, 2010 23:25 IST
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Police attached to the office of the Madhya Pradesh lokayukta on Friday raided the homes of suspended IAS couple Tinu and Arvind Joshi and two PWD engineers.

The operation was going on even at the time of writing this report. The special police establishment (SPE) team that conducted the raids found cash worth Rs 7 lakh at the Joshis' residence in a posh Bhopal locality, besides Rs 12 lakh in their salary accounts and gold ornaments of 146 gm.

The team confiscated documents related to their investments in insurance policies and mutual funds, sources said.

The couple, IAS officers of the 1979 batch, were suspended a day after the income-tax (I-T) department recovered Rs 3 crore in cash at their residence, apart from documents related to immovable assets, on February 4 this year.

Apart from the cash, the I-T sleuths had then seized bank deposits worth Rs 2.25 crore and Rs 25 lakh in foreign currency.

The couple had made investments in the name of Arvind Joshi's father, HM Joshi, a retired IPS officer, and their son Ishan.

When they were suspended, Tinu Joshi was principal secretary in the department of women and child welfare and Arvind Joshi principal secretary of the department of water resources.

The SPE team also raided the residences of suspended PWD engineers Ram Das Chaudhary and Deepak Asai on Friday.

Taking cognizance of the income-tax department's action in February, state lokayukta justice PP Naolekar ordered an inquiry against the IAS couple and the two engineers.

However, it took nearly 11 months for the watchdog to register a case in this regard.

"We got the requisite documents from the general administration department last week only; else it would not have taken so long for us to register a case these officers," said a lokayukta official wishing anonymity.

While cash and gold ornaments worth Rs 49,000 were recovered at Chaudhary's residence, Asai's house was found locked.

"Asai went to Nagpur on Thursday night to attend a wedding ceremony. We have posted guards at his house so that it can be raided as soon as he returns," an SPE official said.