Thursday, September 8, 2011

[ZESTCaste] School for Dalit children in suspended IAS officer's house

School for Dalit children in suspended IAS officer's house

Press Trust of India, Updated: September 08, 2011 12:40 IST

Patna: A confiscated palatial house of an IAS officer, suspended for
taking graft, became a full-fledged primary school today.

Shiv Shankar Verma's property at upscale Bailey Road here was
confiscated by Bihar government on September 4 and the cabinet had on
September 6 decided to hand over the building to the state human
resources department as part of inter-department transfer.

Verma, a former minor irrigation secretary, is the first official to
feel the heat of Bihar Special Courts Act, 2009 and faces a Rs. 1.44
crore disproportionate assets case along with eight other relatives.

Sleuths of Special Vigilance Unit had raided Verma's houses on July 6,
2007 and found movable and immovable properties estimated at Rs. 1.43
crore, which were disproportionate to his known sources in income.

The three-storey house was confiscated following orders of Patna High
Court which had on August 19 upheld the directive of Special Vigilance
Court in a case charging Verma with amassing wealth beyond
his known sources of income.

Bihar Special Courts Act came into force last year after presidential
assent and allows the government to confiscate property of an accused
in a corruption case during trial.

The primary school of Rukanpura Mushari which was earlier running in
slums was shifted to the confiscated property, Patna district
education officer Medho Das said.

Most of the school's students are dalits, he added.

During the raid on Verma's house the Vigilance sleuths also seized 9
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, official sources said.

The Special Vigilance court has also ordered confiscation of
properties of an employee of Patna collectorate and a former motor
vehicles inspector posted at Aurangabad.

Sixteen more cases on confiscation of property are before Vigilance
courts, the sources said.

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had during his electioneering for the
assembly polls last year had promised that the properties of corrupt
officials would be confiscated for opening much-needed schools in

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