Corrupt officials will forfeit assets: Nitish

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said that the corrupt officials after being chargesheeted would forfeit their assets.

india Updated: Feb 26, 2009 23:25 IST

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday said that corrupt officials after being chargesheeted would forfeit their assets.

The state vigilance department had launched a campaign against corruption and assets of the government officials would be seized after being chargesheeted, Kumar told the assembly while replying to a two-day debate on the thanks giving motion to Governor R L Bhatia’s address to House.

Talking about the trap cases laid by the vigilance bureau during his regime, Kumar said as against 58 trap cases and 59 arrests during the erstwhile RJD dispensation, the bureau during his three-and-a-half-year tenure laid as many as 356 trap cases and arrested 308 corrupt government officials.

The government has taken a policy decision that chargesheeted government officials would have to forfeit their assets, Kumar said.

Rebutting the opposition charge that law and order situation in the state had nose-dived during his regime, he said the situation has improved quite considerably.

Kumar alleged that incidents of kidnapping in Bihar was on a high during the RJD regime.

He claimed that while 385 people were kidnapped for ransom in 2001, 396 in 2002, 335 in 2003 and 411 in 2004, the figure came down to 194 in 2006, 89 in 2007 and 66 in 2008 during the NDA regime.

Kumar said that Bihar was the first state in the country which allocated funds to police stations for the purchase of stationery to register FIRs.

First Published: Feb 26, 2009 23:15 IST