A vigilance court on Saturday ordered a former Rajbhasha director,who is facing disproportionate assets case,to surrender his property worth Rs 4.20 crore to the district administration of Muzaffarpur and Patna within a month or face confiscation order under provisions of Bihar Special Courts Act,2009.
This is the sixth case in which the court has ordered for confiscation or willful surrender of property under provisions of the special law,implemented to fight corruption. The state government has so far confiscated property of former minor irrigation secretary and suspended IAS officer SS Verma and treasury clerk Girish Kumar in Patna and opened schools in them. Four cases are in stage of appeal.
Designated vigilance court on Saturday ruled that former Rajbhasha director D N Chaudhary had Rs 4.20 crore in assets beyond his known sources of income.
The court was hearing an application filed by vigilance department on December 2,2010 under Bihar Special Courts Act,2009 that allows investigating agency to confiscate property of the accused during trial stage. If the accused is acquitted,the government has to return property with interest.