BHOPAL: Following the footsteps of former Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Friday inaugurated a school and an anganwadi centre in Indore in a house confiscated by the government from a former assistant engineer convicted in a disproportionate of assets case.
The school has been opened in a two-storey house built on a 6,000 sqft plot. This is the first instance of such a kind in the state where a confiscated property has been used for public interest.
In 2009, the state Lokayukta had registered a case against Arvind Tiwari, a sub engineer in the regional engineering department, for possessing assets disproportionate to his known source of income and found him to be the owner of a residential house, four plots and a shop in Indore worth over `2 crore.
Later, a special anti-corruption court ordered that properties worth nearly `89 lakh belonging to Tiwari be confiscated and the said assets should be utilised ‘in the public interest’.
“The Chief Minister during his previous tenure had directed the officials to tweak the law so that the properties seized from corrupt officials are put to public use. This is for the first time in the state that a property confiscated after a Lokayukta raid has been put to use for public interest. The CM inaugurated a primary school in the building and has asked officials to follow the same process in other similar cases”, an official in the CM’s office said.
Nitish too had started a similar exercise in 2011, when he ordered setting up of a school in the confiscated property of a corrupt government official.