ED notice to suspended MP IAS couple

Suspended MP IAS couple have been issued ED notice for violating the FEMA.

Bhopal: The Enforcement Directorate has
served notices to suspended Madhya Pradesh IAS couple --Arvind
and Tinu Joshi--for alleged violation of the Foreign Exchange
Management Act (FEMA).

The move comes after the submission of a 7,000-page
appraisal report by the Income Tax department to Madhya
Pradesh Chief Secretary Avni Vaish and Lokayukta P V
Naolekar, in which their worth has been valued at a whopping
Rs 360-crore.

The notices were issued to the officer-duo as Arvind
Joshi`s two Non-Resident Indian (NRI) sisters- Vibha and Abha-
purchased agricultural land in violation of the FEMA rules, ED
sources said.

It also seeks an explanation from the couple as to how
and why they made several investments in violation of FEMA,
the sources said.

Documents with the I-T department showed that Arvind
Joshi bought about 100 acres of agricultural land in various
parts of Madhya Pradesh in alleged violation of FEMA.

The RBI prohibits acquiring of agricultural land,
plantations and farmhouses by NRIs in the country.

I-T department sources said that an intimation had
already been given to the ED about purchase of land in the
name of Arvind Joshi`s sisters and recovery of foreign
exchange from their residence.

Meanwhile, the MP Congress has demanded their
dismissal from service.

"I am surprised that the Joshis have not been
dismissed from service so far," State Congress spokesman K K
Mishra said in a statement.

The couple was suspended after I-T sleuths recovered
Rs three crore in cash from their residence during a raid in
February last year.

Both Arvind and Tinu, who are 1979-batch IAS Officers
of the Madhya Pradesh cadre, have held important positions in
the Centre since the late 80s.

Tinu served as Deputy Secretary in the PMO from July
1, 1988 to January 1, 1990 while Arvind was Joint Secretary in
the Defence Ministry during the 1999 Kargil hostilities.