Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) Under Secretary Anand Joshi has gone missing from home. The CBI had conducted raids at his residence on Sunday and found documents and papers incriminating Joshi of trading in Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) related information with NGOs in exchange of money, favouring or harassing them. The sleuths also found Rs.7.5 lakh in cash from Joshi’s residence.
On Wednesday, Joshi went missing from home leaving behind an emotional letter addressed to his family.
In the letter, written in Hindi, he alleges mental harassment and asks his wife to take care of their children.
“I am leaving home. Please do not look for me. Now, you (his wife) have to take care of kids by becoming both father and mother,” he said in the letter.
He said that he was going to look for “peace”. In his ‘moving’ letter he expresses his shock at the allegations of corruption claiming that his ‘patriotism’ and integrity have always been in the right place.
“Probably, my patriotism became my biggest enemy. I am saddened at leaving you all, but I am not able to handle myself,” he added. “The dedication and integrity with which I was serving the nation, I had never imagined that this would happen to me… While serving my nation, I have probably made too many enemies,” it reads.
His wife said that she saw the door ajar in the morning at 7.30 am and her husband was nowhere to be seen. He was last seen at around 2 am.
On Tuesday, Joshi claimed that his superior, Additional Secretary B.K. Prasad, was forcing him to give a clean chit to NGOs served FCRA notices, including the Ford Foundation.
Prasad is the officer inquiring how certain documents in the Ishrat Jahan encounter case went missing from the Ministry. The CBI has said that they never harassed Joshi but conducted raids as part of the probe. They then registered a case against Joshi under Section 120-B of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Prevention of Corruption Act.