HE WAS in George Fernandes’ team in the defence ministry during NDA’s second innings and served as a joint secretary as the fierce Kargil war was fought during the summer of 1999. And his wife served as the secretary general of Federation of Indian Export Organisation (FIEO) when Kamal Nath was the commerce minister during UPA’s first innings.
But this power couple, Arvind Kumar Joshi and Tinoo Joshi, both 1979 batch Madhya Pradesh cadre IAS, are left with nothing in their defence now, after an Income-Tax raid in their residence on Thursday recovered a whopping Rs 3.1 crore in cash, jewellery and documents of properties disproportionate to their known sources of income. On Friday, Madhya Pradesh government suspended both of them with immediate effect.
The other serving IAS whose residence at
was also raided by the tax sleuths was Chhattisgarh’s agriculture secretary and 1988 batch Chhattisgarh cadre IAS Babulal Agrawal. The I-T team recovered Rs 52 lakh from his residence and jewellery worth Rs 72 lakh. According to media reports, what was recovered from Joshis’ residence included cash of Rs. 3.1 crore, foreign exchange worth Rs 7 lakh, jewellery worth Rs 66 lakh, and investments worth Rs 3 crore. Their five bank lockers were already sealed. Raipur
Like most other IAS couples, Tinoo, a Bengali met her fellow IAS Arvind in the academy and later got married. A post graduate in chemistry, Tinoo Joshi later took an MBA degree from an Australian university just like husband who too is an MBA from the
. University of Wollongong
Even in late 1980s and early 1990s, the Joshi couple held some important posts in Central deputation as deputy secretaries. Where as Tinoo Joshi served as deputy secretary in PMO (July 1, 1988 to January 1, 1990) and ministry of labour (January 1, 1990 to July 1, 1992), Arvind Joshi served as deputy secretary in health July 1, 1988 to September 1, 1989), director in the ministry of railways (September 1, 1989 to April 1, 1991) and deputy secretary in the ministry of coal (April 1, 1991 to August 1, 1992).
Finally, who are the prominent batch mates of Tinoo and Arvind Joshi? They include R Gopalakrishnan (Madhya Pradesh cadre), joint secretary in PMO, Vinay Sheel Oberoi (Assam cadre), Permanent Representative in UNESCO, Paris, Dr Prasanna Kumar Mohanty (Orissa cadre) and Mission Director, Jawaharlal Nehru Nl Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) under the ministry of housing and urban poverty alleviation, and Ms Zohra Chatterji (UP cadre), joint secretary information and broadcasting ministry.