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 Rs 1.44 crore disproportionate assets case along with eight other relatives.
    
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 Rukunpura (Danapur).
    
"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 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 Vigilance courts.

(Agencies)