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HM official goes missing, leaves behind note alleging harassment

Anand Joshi, Under Secretary in the Union Home Ministry who was under scanner for FCRA notices to NGOs, on Wednesday went missing from his residence here, leaving behind a note claiming he was facing mental harassment and had made too many enemies while serving the nation.

HM official goes missing, leaves behind note alleging harassment
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A case was registered against Joshi by CBI

New Delhi

After CBI registered a case against him, Joshi had on Tuesday claimed that he was pressurised by his superior to give clean chit to some of the NGOs who were served FCRA notices, including the Ford Foundation.

He was last seen around 2 am, following which he went to sleep, his wife Minakshi Sharma said at their residence in Indirapuram.

“When I woke up around 7.30 am, the main door was ajar and he (Joshi) wasn’t there. I later found the note he left behind,” she said.

In the Hindi note addressing his wife, Joshi said, “I have been going through extremely high mental harassment for the past few months but now the situation has got out of hand...

At this moment I need peace and that is not possible here.”

“I am leaving home and please do not look for me. You (Minakshi) are now both a father and a mother to our children,” the note said.

A case was registered against Joshi by CBI in connection with Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010, (FCRA) notices to NGOs. His house was searched by the agency on Tuesday.

Joshi had claimed that he was “being pressurised and threatened by Additional Secretary in the Home Ministry B K Prasad to give clean chit to some of the NGOs” which he had refused to obey.

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