New Delhi: The Supreme Court rejected the petition of suspended IAS official Shiv Shankar Verma, saying the confiscated house is being used by the Bihar Government for the noble cause.

A division bench of Justice Aftab Alam and Justice R M Lodha, staying with the Patna High Court judgment, ordered that the palatial house of the IAS officer will continue to be used for the school purposes by the Bihar Government.

However, the SC has relieved Verma by granting him permission to present his stand on other petitions challenging seizing of his property.

Verma in his petition challenging the Patna HC order of confiscating his house and using it as school, plead the SC to grant him relief as he has only one house to live in.

Earlier, the palatial house of Verma was confiscated by the Bihar Government after he was charged by the Vigilance Department in connection with a disproportionate assets case under the Prevention of Corruption Act (1988).

JPN/Bureau