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Premises of DMK chief's security officers raided

PTI  Chennai, March 02, 2012
First Published: 15:08 IST(2/3/2012) | Last Updated: 16:33 IST(2/3/2012)

Vigilance officials on Friday raided the premises of three security officers of DMK president M Karunanidhi over allegations that they had caused "losses" to the Tamil Nadu Housing Board in land allotment under the discretionary quota method.

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The residential premises of Pandian, a DSP and Inspectors Vinothan and Ganesan and some persons associated with them were searched, a release from Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption here said.

The trio had in 2008 allegedly "misused their official position," to apply for housing plot under Mogappair zone of TNHB and were allotted two grounds of vacant plots each, it said.

However, even before the official order for the allotment was received, they had allegedly colluded with a private person to put it for their personal use and also received Rs. 19 lakh from him for this purpose, which was in violation of TNHB provisions, the release said.

Cases were filed against them under different IPC sections including cheating and criminal conspiracy and Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 on March 1 for having caused "losses to TNHB and making illegal profits."

In January 2011, the then DMK government headed by Karunanidhi had scrapped the discretionary quota system in TNHB, in the wake of an alleged scam where land was allotted to a Madras high court judge, Congress and DMK MLAs and intelligence officials in violation of norms.

Karunanidhi had, however, denied any wrongdoing.

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