Seizure of officer’s house a warning: Bihar CM

September 5th, 2011 - 8:01 pm ICT by IANS  

Patna, Sep 5 (IANS) A day after the Bihar government confiscated a palatial house of an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer accused of graft, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar Monday said it will serve as a warning to government officials in the state.

“It is not a small thing, it is a symbol of social change,? Nitish Kumar said at an official function here.

He said the incident will create a sense of fear amongst government officials.

“My government had made it clear last year itself that we will confiscate houses of corrupt officials and turn them into schools for children,? he added.

The state government Sunday confiscated a house of suspended IAS officer Shiv Shankar Verma, making him the first officer to face such an action under the Bihar Special Courts Act, 2010.

Verma, a former minor irrigation secretary, now faces a case of disproportionate assets amounting to Rs.1.44 crore, along with eight other relatives.

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