Patiala House Court Sends MHA Official Anand Joshi To CBI Custody Till May 20

CBI requested court for 5-day custody of MHA Under Secretary Anand Joshi under corruption charges
CBI requested court for 5-day custody of MHA Under Secretary Anand Joshi under corruption charges

Ministry of Home Affairs Under Secretary Anand Joshi is being produced before the Patiala House Court by CBI. He was arrested on Sunday in connection with issuance of Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA). CBI has sought 5 days custody under the pretext of the corruption allegations against him, which the bench approved and send Joshi to CBI custody till May 20.

Last week, he went missing from his residence and also left a note behind before leaving, in which he had mentioned that he had been facing ‘mental harassment’. The note mentioned, “I have been going through extremely high mental harassment for the past few months but now the situation has gone out of hand. At this moment, I need peace and that is not possible here. I am leaving home and please do not look for me. You (for wife) are both a father and a mother to our children. The dedication and integrity with which I was serving the nation, I never imagined that this would happen to me. While serving my nation, I have probably made too many enemies.” His sudden disappearance four days back, made CBI work under pressure, after which he was finally arrested.

He was detained on Sunday by the CBI from the Tilak Nagar area of West Delhi. A CBI official said, “Immediately after his detention, agency sleuths brought Joshi to the CBI headquarters for questioning in connection with the case.” The CBI was tracking him for the past four days after which they were able to find him.

According to a source, “The sleuths decided to arrest him when he failed to satisfactorily reply to the questions put before him. He gave conflicting versions during questioning and remained uncooperative.”

A case has also been registered against him by the CBI under the section 120-B of the Indian Penal Code and prevention of corruption acts. The case was registered against him after CBI conducted raids at four places, one of them included his residence as well.

Besides him, some other unnamed persons are also involved in this. They have been accused of indulging in corrupt practices and also issuing the notices to the NGOs that were registered under the FCRA. Apparently, Joshi claimed that he was not involved and instead blamed his seniors for pressurizing him to give a clean chit to the NGOs.

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