After confiscating the house of suspended IAS officer Shiv Shankar Verma, the Patna district administration acquired 4.5 kathas (301.5 sq m) of his land in Alipur village on Monday. The agricultural land in Phulwarisharif block, on the outskirts of Patna, is worth around Rs 45 lakh.
Verma’s palatial house at west Patna’s Rukanpura, which was confiscated on Sunday, is to be transferred to the human resource department."The transfer process will begin soon so a school can be opened there, or the building will be handed to one of the schools that is running without a building," said chief minister Nitish Kumar on Monday.
Verma, a 1981 batch IAS officer, was the first government official against whom the state took action after passing the Anti-Corruption Bill in March 2009.
Currently, 11 cases of confiscation of property are pending with the Patna special court.
The prominent officials involved include former director general of police Narain Misra; former state drug controller YK Jaiswal; former executive engineer of rural development department Srikant Prasad; former divisional forest officer of Kaimur Bhola Prasad; former assistant commissioner of commercial tax department Anil Kumar.
The chief minister said this was the beginning of a social change. “If you have the will to fight corruption, you can take big steps,” he said. “The people of Bihar, including me, were waiting for this. Confiscation of property will have a far-reaching impact, public servants will take a lesson.”