Now land scam surfaces in Tamil Nadu

The ruling DMK is facing charges of allotting prime land to politicians and bureaucrats.

Last Updated: Dec 07, 2010, 18:17 PM IST

Chennai: After land scams rocking the BJP
government in Karnataka, the ruling DMK in Tamil Nadu is now
facing charges of misuse of discretionary powers in allotting
prime land to scores of people, including MLAs, politicians
and top bureaucrats.
Information obtained through an RTI query has revealed
prime land was allotted to a judge of the Madras High Court, a
retired judge, kin of a state minister, DMK and Congress MLAs,
and ruling party functionaries and a top Intelligence official
among others allegedly in violation of norms.

According to city-based RTI activist V Gopalakrishnan,
who has obtained the information, the allotments were made in
the last few years by the Tamil Nadu Housing Board (TNHB),
whose purpose is to create housing stock to applicants who do
not own a flat, house or plot.
Several allottees were connected to those in power and
included DMK functionaries` kin.

The beneficiaries were allegedly allotted houses in
violation of TNHB rules, as most of them already reportedly
owned residential property and at far less price than the
market rates.

PTI