Patna: The palatial house of suspended IAS
officer Shiv Shankar Verma, confiscated by Bihar government
after charging him with graft, could be turned into a school,
the Bihar government has indicated.
Verma, whose property was confiscated on Sunday, would be
the first official to face the heat of the Bihar Special
Courts Act, 2009.
The Act, which came into force last year after
presidential assent, allows the government to confiscate
property of an accused in a corruption case during trial.
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said, "Confiscation of
property will change the attitude of public servants as they
will take a lesson from this."
The state government had to wait for ten months for
presidential assent for the act, he said.
"I am happy that my promise to the people has finally
turned into reality. We will soon adopt the process for
opening a school in the confiscated house," Kumar said.
Verma, a former minor irrigation secretary, faces a Rs
1.44 crore disproportionate assets case along with eight other
The three-storey house at upscale Bailey Road was
confiscated following the order of Patna High Court which had
on August 19 upheld a Special Vigilance Court directive in a
case charging Verma with amassing wealth beyond his known
sources of income.
On July 6, 2007, sleuths of the Special Vigilance Unit
had raided Verma`s houses and found movable and immovable
properties estimated at Rs 1.43 crore, which were
disproportionate to his known sources in income.
Also seized were a nine kg gold bar with Swiss hallmark,
800 guineas, Rs 16.50 lakh in cash, USD 1600, jewellery valued
at over Rs 81 lakh, investments in share market amounting to
Rs 20 lakh and papers pertaining to investments in immovable
properties at four places.
Verma`s properties include two plots of land in the state
capital, two in Uttar Pradesh and a palatial house in
"We can open a school tomorrow if the building is
transferred to the education department," Human Resources
Department Principal Secretary Anjani Kumar Singh said.
The Special Vigilance court has also ordered confiscation
of properties of an employees of Patna collectorate Girish
Kumar and a former motor vehicles inspector posted at
Aurangabad Raghuvansh Kumar.
Sixteen more cases on confiscation of property are before