Another corrupt official’s house confiscated in Bihar

November 19th, 2011 - 8:50 pm ICT by IANS  

Patna, Nov 19 (IANS) In the second such case in Bihar, authorities here Saturday confiscated the house of a suspended treasury clerk who is facing prosecution in a corruption case, officials said.

The house will be converted into a primary school, as has been announced by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

The two-storied house of Girish Kumar, located in the posh Kadamkuan area, was seized by Patna administration officials on court orders.

The Patna High Court last week dismissed Girish’s appeal challenging a special court’s order to confiscate his property.

Girish is accused of amassing assets worth Rs.51 lakh, disproportionate to his known source of income.

A vigilance case was lodged against him in 2006 for amassing assets between 1992 and 2004. The assets, as per a vigilance probe, include two plots and a house in the Bihar capital.

Earlier in September, a primary school was opened in the confiscated three-storey house here of Shiv Shankar Verma, a former minor irrigation secretary.

He became the first officer to face such action under the Bihar Special Courts Act, 2009.

Verma and eight of his relatives faced a case of amassing disproportionate assets amounting to Rs.1.44 crore.

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has repeatedly said at public meetings in the last few months that ill-gotten property of corrupt officials will be confiscated and their houses will be turned into schools for poor children.

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