CBI court sent arrested home ministry official to judicial custody
A Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court on Tuesday sent suspended home ministry official Anand Joshi in judicial custody till 6 June in a case of corruption.
The CBI Special Judge Vinod Kumar remanded Joshi in 14 days’ judicial custody after the probe agency told the court that the accused was not required for further custodial interrogation.
Joshi, who was under-secretary with the union home ministry until he was suspended, was presented before the court after the expiry of his earlier four days’ police custody.
He was arrested by the CBI on 15 May on the charge of “obtaining illegal gratification” from various non-governmental organisations (NGOs) after issuing notices to them under the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA). The case was slapped against Joshi and some other unnamed persons for allegedly indulging in corrupt practices and arbitrarily issuing notices to several NGOs, registered under FCRA, which were receiving foreign contributions, including activist Teesta Setalvad’s Sabrang Trust
The CBI is reported to have found files relating to activist Teesta Setalvad’s NGO Sabrang Trust from his possession.
Joshi had gone “missing” from his residence in Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh after summons were issued by the CBI.
Earlier, home ministry sources said Joshi, recently posted in the Foreigners Division, had access to files related to the FCRA and was under the scanner for several months.
Joshi has denied the charge of receiving bribes from NGOs.