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Karunanidhi denies irregularities in land allotment, says Swamy twisting facts

February 08, 2011 14:35 IST
Rejecting charges of irregularities in allotment of land under discretionary quota, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam chief M Karunanidhi on Tuesday hit back at Janata Party chief Subramanian Swamy for seeking sanction for his prosecution on the issue, saying he was trying to "twist facts".

A day after Swamy filed a petition with Governor Surjit Singh Barnala seeking sanction to prosecute Karunanidhi, the DMK patriarch made a submission in the assembly, saying the discretionary quota was not 'DMK specific' and had been in vogue even during the tenures of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam.

"Eighty five per cent of allotments were being made through draw of lots of applications for Tamil Nadu Housing Board lands and houses. The rest had been given under discretionary quota. The plots or houses under both categories had been given at the same price," Karunanidhi said. He said plots and houses had been given at a market rate to both applicants and beneficiaries under discretionary quota.

The Tamil Nadu CM charged Swamy with trying to twist facts over the issue. The TNHB fixed the price of the land or house based on current market value or the sub-registrar office guidelines, whichever was higher, he said.

Karunanidhi had on Sunday issued a legal notice to Swamy for dragging his name into the 2G spectrum allocation scam.

Swamy had on Monday sought sanction for prosecution of Karunanidhi for alloting land "for a favoured few" under the discretionary quota in alleged violation of relevant rules.

Karunanidhi said the system of discretionary quota was introduced by the AIADMK government in 1979 and a government order was then issued for this purpose. Initially, 10 per cent of houses and plots were allotted under the discretionary quota, which was revised to 15 per cent by the AIADMK government during its 1991-96 rule, he said.

Reading out a list of beneficiaries allotted plots and houses during AIADMK regimes, he claimed it included Indian Police Service officials K Vijaykumar and R Nataraj. Besides this, relatives of various AIADMK leaders, including Dr Banumathy, wife of Lok Sabha AIADMK member of Parliament, M Thambidurai, and son of AIADMK member of Legislative Assembly and former minister K A Sengotaiyyan had been allotted land, he claimed.

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