NGO crackdown: CBI issues another summons to missing under secretary

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: May 13, 2016 01:12 IST
CBI faces a daunting task of unravelling a corruption scandal that went on for years, leaving a trail of thousands of suspects – including some top elected representatives – with hordes of tell-tale evidence requiring thorough scrutiny. (HT Photo)

The CBI summoned Anand Joshi, a “missing” under secretary in the home ministry, for questioning on Friday. He is accused of corruption — demanding and accepting bribes from NGOs.

The investigating agency has registered a case against Joshi, accusing him of issuing notices arbitrarily to NGOs registered under the foreign contribution regulation act (FCRA) and demanding bribes from them.

The agency had earlier asked Joshi to appear before it on Wednesday.

But he apparently disappeared from his home and his family registered a missing person’s complaint with Ghaziabad police in Uttar Pradesh.

A source said it was up to local police to probe his “missing” status but the CBI could move court for a non-bailable warrant against Joshi on his continued non-cooperation with the probe.

The agency’s fresh summons was given to his family.

Joshi left a note at his home, which says he was facing “mental harassment” and had

made too many enemies serving the nation.

He alleged a day after the CBI registered the case against him that he was under pressure from his superior officers to clear some NGOs that received notices for alleged violations of FCRA norms. He was last seen on Tuesday afternoon.

The CBI began its probe against him after receiving a complaint from the ministry and subsequently searched his home and office. It confiscated `7.5 lakh from him.

Important files of the home ministry as well as the information and broadcasting ministry were recovered too. These are being examined by the agency.

The CBI suspects Joshi allegedly “demanded and obtained illegal gratification from some of the NGOs and societies covered by FCRA”.

The bribe money “was laundered by him through immovable assets and private companies that are controlled indirectly”, a source said.

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