The CBI summoned Anand Joshi, a “missing” under secretary in the home ministry, for questioning on Friday. He is accused of corruption — demanding and accepting bribes from NGOs.
The investigating agency has registered a case against Joshi, accusing him of issuing notices arbitrarily to NGOs registered under the foreign contribution regulation act (FCRA) and demanding bribes from them.
The agency had earlier asked Joshi to appear before it on Wednesday. But he apparently disappeared from his home and his family registered a missing person’s complaint with Ghaziabad police in Uttar Pradesh.
The agency’s fresh summons was given to his family. Joshi left a note at his home, which says he was facing “mental harassment” and had made too many enemies serving the nation.
He alleged a day after the CBI registered the case against him that he was under pressure from his superior officers to clear some NGOs that received notices for alleged violations of FCRA norms. He was last seen on Tuesday afternoon.
The CBI suspects Joshi allegedly “demanded and obtained illegal gratification from some of the NGOs and societies covered by FCRA”.