BHOPAL: Despite repeated reminders from the Madhya Pradesh Government, the previous Congress-led UPA Government at the Centre, continued to sit on the proposal of expulsion of tainted IAS couple Arvind Joshi and Tinoo Joshi from the service.
Lal Singh Arya, Minister of State for General Administration Department (GAD), while replying to a question in the state Assembly, said the state government had written thrice to the Centre in the last three years for expulsion of the IAS officer couple from the service.
“The government has sent proposal to the Centre for Arvind’s expulsion on April 28, 2012, March 6, 2013, and May 24 this year. Similarly, proposals were sent regarding Tinoo’s expulsion on April 30, 2012, March 6, 2013, and May 24 this year,” Arya, who was replying to a query by Umang Singhar (Congress) during the Question Hour, said.
According to him, the state government has completed the required process from its side and the next step was supposed to be taken by the Centre.
While Tinoo is scheduled to retire in August 2014, Arvind will be retiring in November.
Arvind and Tinoo, both 1979 batch IAS officers, had made headlines after the Income Tax Department raided their residence here in February 2010 and unearthed assets valued at `360 crore.
While Arvind at that time was posted as Principal Secretary (Jail), Tinoo was the Secretary to the Women and Child Development Department.
Soon after the raids, the couple was placed under suspension by the state government. A raid by the I-T department at the official residence of the Joshi couple had yielded over Rs 3 crore in cash.
The Joshis had held key bureaucratic positions in the 1980s and ‘90s.