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Sacked IAS officer Arvind Joshi surrenders, sent to judicial custody

Bhopal: Absconding former IAS officer Arvind Joshi on Tuesday surrendered before a local court in connection with the disproportionate assets case against him.

Joshi, who has been sacked from service, was sent to judicial custody till September 19 by Additional District Judge DP Mishra after the tainted officer appeared in the court.

On February 2 last, the Supreme Court had rejected Joshi’s anticipatory bail application. His lawyer sought bail for his client on the ground that he was suffering from blood cancer and was needed to undergo bone marrow transplantation.

If he didn’t undergo the procedure, his life span would be ‘reduced by two years’, the lawyer said. However, the prosecution opposed the bail tooth and nail, stating that Joshi had absconded for long despite an arrest warrant and had no regard for the court summons.

The disgraced IAS officer surrendered only when no other option was left, the prosecution said. It also said that Joshi and his close relatives had been found to be in possession of assets worth Rs 41.87 crore, highly disproportionate to their known sources of income.

Joshi's wife Tinoo Joshi, who too has been dismissed from service, is at present lodged in the Bhopal Central Jail. The IAS couple was dismissed from service after an income-tax raid on their house in February 2010 led to detection of huge wealth, including Rs 3 crore in cash.

The Joshis are facing cases for disproportionate assets under Prevention of Corruption Act and Indian Penal Code. (With inputs from agencies)