Bhopal: The state government on Friday started process of forfeiting the ill-gotten properties of the tainted IAS couple - Arvind and Tinoo Joshi -whose house had yielded documents suggesting a whopping assets worth Rs 350 crore in an income tax raid three years ago. Later, the Lokayukta also took up the corruption case of the Joshi couple.
The state government has already recommended to the DOPP in the government of India for dismissal of Arvind and Tinoo Joshi from the service.
The general administration department has also given sanction to seize assets of another tainted official, Indore- based deputy director, horticulture, Shivdatt Pandey. The decisions were taken in a meeting chaired by GAD principal secretary.
The special police establishment of the Lokayukta had sought permission from the GAD to confiscate the disproportionate assets of the Joshi couple to the tune of Rs 41 crore.
Assets worth Rs 3 crore each from Pandey and assistant engineer, PHE, Sagar, PN Tiwari would also be attached.
The GAD cleared the first two cases and returned the third with some queries which, sources added, would be cleared later when the anti-graft agency is satisfied with it.
The GAD sources said the department would accelerate legal process for confiscating assets of tainted government servants and put up their cases before the special court.
The Lokayukta police had sent sixth reminder seeking sanction to prosecute suspended IAS officer couple Arvind Joshi and his wife after having failed to get response in the previous applications.
Lokayukta officials feel that a deliberate attempt was made by a section of the top bureaucracy in the state to linger on legal procedure in the case.
According to SPE's investigation, Joshi couple own properties 300 times more than their known sources of income. They were charged under 13 (1(e) and 13 (2) of Prevention of Corruption Act.
Others including Arvind's father HM Joshi, mother Namrata Joshi, sisters Abha and Vibha, associates S P Kohli, his wife and son, Pawan Agrawal, Sridev Sharma, Delhi-based stamp vendor Raj Rani, insurance agent Seema Jaiswal, Bharti Varshaney and property broker Pradeep Jain have been charged under section 109 (instigation) and Section 120 (conspiracy) of IPC.