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Karunanidhi denies irregularities in land allotment

TN CM M Karunanidhi hit back at Subramanian Swamy for seeking sanction for his prosecution.



Chennai: Rejecting charges of irregularities
in allotment of land under discretionary quota, Chief Minister
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 AIADMK.

"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 market rate to
both applicants and beneficiaries under discretionary quota.

The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister charged Swamy with trying
to twist facts over the issue.

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 yesterday sought sanction for prosecution of
Karunanidhi for allotting 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 IPS
officials K Vijaykumar and R Nataraj.

Besides this, relatives of various AIADMK leaders,
including Dr Banumathy, wife of Lok Sabha AIADMK MP, M
Thambidurai, and son of AIADMK MLA and former minister K A
Sengotaiyyan had been allotted land, he claimed.

PTI

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