Fifth photo (from left) of tainted
IAS officer Mrs. Tinu Joshi on BJP hoarding in Bhopal
The Madhya Pradesh Foundation Day celebrations on November
1 proved to be a great embarrassment for the Bharatiya Janata
Party ruled state government due to a major goof up by the
executing agencies in the run up to the D-Day.
The theme of the Foundation Day celebrations being "Beti"
(daughter), the State government got huge hoardings put up all
over the city under the heading "Pradesh Ki Gauravshali Betiyan"
(State's Daughters of Pride) wherein six women achievers of the
state were highlighted as part of a government campaign for the
girl child which has been christened as "Beti Bachao Abhiyan"
(Save Daughter Campaign).
In these hoardings as a part of Foundation Day celebrations a
photo of Mrs. Tinu Joshi, a tainted lady IAS officer was used,
probably inadvertently, who has been suspended for corruption,
along with five other women achievers in place of Mrs. Nirmala
Buch, a retired IAS officer who went to become the first lady
Chief secretary in the Madhya Pradesh Government. Her hoarding was
removed from Bhopal amid considerable embarrassment for the local
Along with Mrs. Tinu Joshi's picture five other photos of leading
lady achievers of the state were put on the hoardings with brief
profile which included: former Chief Minister Ms Uma Bharti, Hindi
poetess Ms Subhadra Kumari Chauhan, educationist Shalini Tai Moghe,
noted ballet dancer Gulvardhan and former Deputy Chief Minister
Mrs. Jamuna Devi to promote the save the girl child campaign on
the occasion of Madhya Pradesh Foundation Day celebrations. It may
be noted that Madhya Pradesh has one of the worst records for
female infanticide among Indian states.
This is not for the first time that the state government officials
made blunders. Earlier, Mrs. Tinu Joshi's message was distributed
in the Women & Child Development Department's booklet released to
mark the Atal Bal Arogya Mission even when she was suspended for
possession of disproportionate properties.
Meanwhile, Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee president Kantilal Bhuria taking a dig at the state Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said despite unlimited unsuccessful efforts
to hide the reality the truth surfaces, thus proving exercise in
Bhuria in a statement said Congress has been saying that the
present BJP regime is the most corrupt in the state as it has
broken all previous records of corruption Chief Minister Chouhan has been denying it till October 31st. However, the next
day on November 1, 2011 on the occasion of 56th Foundation Day
celebrations of the state the fact of being most corrupt regime
became crystal clear which none can refute when tainted IAS
officer Mrs. Tinu Joshi’s photograph was displayed on hoardings
amongst the six women achievers of the state.
Thus, this goes on to prove that the suspended Mrs. Tinu Joshi is
a role model before the BJP government and its Chief Minister
Chouhan, Bhuria contended.
It may be pointed out here that when Mrs. Tinu Joshi's house was
raided by the Income Tax sleuths last year it yielded cash to the
tune of Rs. three crores. She was suspended last year along with
her husband, Mr. Arvind Joshi, who is also an IAS officer. Their
corruption is alleged to have created assets worth Rs. 30 crores
for the couple.
Meanwhile, it may be mentioned here that suspended IAS officer
Mrs. Tinu Joshi has pleaded ignorance about the investments made
by her husband, also an IAS officer, Arvind Joshi. In her reply to
the Lokayukta's (Vigilance Commissioner's) notice, she reportedly
said that she should not be held responsible for what her husband
"Being a public servant, I am not only a separate person but also
a separate legal identity. And in respect of the IT Act, I have
the status of an independent Income Tax assessee… therefore I
can't be held responsible for any acts of alleged omission or
commission or possession of any assets by any other person, may he
be my husband," responded Tinu Joshi in a written communication to
the Lokayukta office.
She requested the investigators to deal with her case separately.
"Assessment of my income expenditure and assets may please be
dealt with separately from the income expenditures, assets of my
husband," she wrote.
Mrs. Tinu Joshi also washed her hands off share-trading and
investments allegedly made by her husband in her name. She claimed
that she was not aware of the quantum of the amount deposited or
its nature. "I don't even know how much investment has been done
in my name in the shares, since my husband managed the entire
thing in my name".
She also claimed ignorance about the total amount withdrawn in
favour of trading corporation in her name citing that she used to
give blank signed cheques to her husband.
"Rs. 11, 63,700 were
invested in shares through STCI in my name by my husband without
my knowledge," Tinu explained in the letter.