NEW DELHI: The CBI may soon question Madhya Pradesh cadre IAS officer Arvind Joshi, who was posted as joint secretary in the Defence Ministry between 1999 and 2004. It is during this period that Vectra group companies got orders for supply for Tatra trucks and helicopters from BEML and the Ministry of Defence.
Joshi and his wife Tinu, also an MP cadre IAS officer, have been suspended by the MP government for amassing assets disproportionate to their known sources of income. The I-T department had raided the residence of the couple in 2010 and found that they had amassed assets worth `350 crore. Following the raid, the I-T department had issued notices asking the couple to pay `135 crore as tax. The investigation agency has sought details from the Income Tax department pertaining to the financial transactions of the IAS duo. The CBI has also started studying the financial transactions using the 70 bank accounts of the couple.
The CBI is investigating financial links of Tinu with Rishi as Vectra group bought a majority stake in India Exposition Mart (IEM) in Greater Noida, developed by the Ministry of Textiles, when she was posted as development commissioner of handicrafts in the Textile Ministry between 2004 and 2007. IEM is an exhibition and sale centre for handicrafts spread across over 2.30 lakh square metres.