Missing MHA official detained by CBI

New Delhi,VIJAITA SINGH:Missing Home Ministry official Anand Joshi, who is facing a CBI enquiry for his alleged role in corrupt practices and walking away with the files pertaining to foreign funds violations by social activist Teesta Setalvad, was detained by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Sunday. The development was confirmed by a senior government official.

A view of the North Block where the office of the Home Ministry is located. Inset: Missing Home Ministry official Anand Joshi.

Mr. Joshi, posted as undersecretary with the MHA, had been missing for the past five days after the CBI raided his house last week. He was traced to a relative’s home in west Delhi by the CBI and was detained subsequently.

Before he went missing on May 10, when he had been summoned by the CBI to appear for questioning. Mr. Joshi told the The Hindu that U.S.-based NGO Ford Foundation offered him Rs. 250 crore bribe to take its name off the watchlist.

Ford Foundation was the prime contributor to Ms. Setalvad’s NGOs. The U.S-based organisation was put under watchlist in April 2015, only to be removed this year. Mr. Joshi claimed that he was transferred when he refused to give a clean chit to the U.S.-based donor as it was involved in anti-national activities.

He came under the scanner in November 2015 when he arbitrarily sent notices to some 20 NGOs, including that of environmentalist Sunita Narain’s Centre for Science and Environment (CSE).