Patna’s earlier BJP MLA from Katoria in Banka district in south-eastern Bihar, Sonelal Hembrom, is determined to become the prime politician to have his property appropriated under the provisions of the Bihar-specific courts act, 2009, for holding assets disproportionate to his known sources of income. Earlier, the Supreme Court called for the stalling in the Babri Masjid demolition case an evasion of justice and withholds its verdict on the CBI’s plea to restore criminal conspiracy costs against BJP leaders such as Murli Manohar Joshi, LK Advani, and Uma Bharti.
A special vigilance court, on Monday, commanded the confiscation of movable and fixed assets worth Rs 7 crore of Hembrom, who was a deputy excise commissioner in the Bihar government, before he joined politics and attacked assembly poll.
A unique feature of the act is that a sufficient authority, under certain circumstances, can command the confiscation of properties of a person indicted in a disproportionate assets case even during the pendency of the trial and without pausing for its conclusion.
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The move for the confiscation of the property has been made under section 13 of the Bihar Course Courts Act, 2009 under which so far two housing properties of senior IAS officer SS Verma, and a repository assistant, among others, have been appropriated and turned into schools for underprivileged children. Hembrom becomes the prime politician to have his property allocated.
Once the lone scheduled tribe MLA in the Bihar assembly, Hembrom had accumulated this property when he was a government lackey and retired from excise department in 2002. The features were collected during his service period – 1972 to 1997. Income tax officials had invaded his office and residential premises, in 1997. Hembram’s movable and immovable properties to be seized under court order include a house built in 4 katas of land at Patna’s Patel Nagar, four events (total 27 kattha) of land in Charari, Jharkhand and 20 katthas in Ranchi.
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The vigilance powers had discovered grant of Rs 88,000 in UTI, seized Rs 42,550 in cash, Rs 35,000 in Kisan Vikas Patras, silver and gold jewelry worth Rs 6.10 lakh and a car, from him. The designated diligence court of ADJ Vipul Sinha passed the order on an application filed by the attention department in 2011, praying for the confiscation of Hembram’s properties accumulated beyond his known sources of income.
Hembram had joined the BJP after withdrawing from service in 2002 and was elected on its ticket to the state Assembly in 2010. The vigilance department had boarded a case against him under many sections of Prevention of dishonesty Act, 1988, in 2000, three years later the Income Tax Department seizure.