Published On: Tue, May 17th, 2016

CBI to widen MHA probe following Joshi’s allegations against senior officers

New Delhi: CBI sources say senior officers are likely to be questioned if Home Ministry Under Secretary Anand Joshi continues to make counter-allegations against senior officers in the ministry.

Home Ministry Under Secretary Anand Joshi has rejected the charge and instead accused his seniors of pressuring him to give a clean chit to NGOs.

Home Ministry Under Secretary Anand Joshi has rejected the charge and instead accused his seniors of pressuring him to give a clean chit to NGOs.

Joshi, who went ‘missing’ soon after the CBI booked a case against him for allegedly issuing FCRA notices arbitrarily to several NGOs for financial gains.

Joshi has rejected the charge and instead accused his seniors of pressuring him to give a clean chit to NGOs, which could lead CBI to widen the scope of their probe.

Joshi, who apparently tried to flee the country, is now in the CBI’s custody for five days.

He will be grilled about the functioning of the Home Ministry, while dealing with foreign funded organisations registered under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA).

He was linked to the investigation of the NGO Sabrang Trust, which belongs to activist Teesta Setalvad, and is accused of stealing the file related to the probe.

The CBI sources claimed that Joshi stage-managed his disappearance as the probe began.

Joshi went “missing” after leaving a note for his wife soon after the CBI called him for questioning.

The CBI is not ready to believe the story he allegedly weaved to explain his disappearance.

Joshi has told the CBI that between May 5 and 7, he was in Ujjain to attend the Kumbh – where he says he lost his mobile phone during a stampede.

His lawyer informed the court that Joshi was available for questioning for three days starting May 8, before the CBI called him for interrogation after a case was booked on May 9.

Opposing the CBI’s plea for custodial interrogation, Joshi’s lawyer said that since his phone was lost in Ujjain, he could not be contacted. He denied that Joshi switched off his phone to evade investigators.

Seeking Joshi’s custody, the CBI argued that a few important files relating to NGOs that had gone missing from the Ministry offices have been recovered from his house.

Joshi was not officially supposed to take them to his residence.

It contended that he was neither cooperating in the probe nor disclosing the relevant facts, and thus his custodial interrogation was required to find out how those files came to be at his house.

In a note which he left before leaving home, Joshi claimed he had been subjected to mental harassment in recent months.

The CBI alleged in court that Joshi laundered ill-gotten earnings in various immovable assets as well as certain private companies, and that his wife was one of the directors in them.

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