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Karunanidhi denies scam in housing allotment

india Updated: Feb 09, 2011 00:22 IST

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Tamil Nadu chief minister M Karunanidhi on Tuesday refuted Janata Party chief Subramanian Swamy's allegations of irregularities in the allotment of residential plots, saying the discretionary quota for allotting plots was introduced by the AIADMK government in 1979.

The AIADMK government initially started the policy of reserving 10% for discretionary allotment by the Tamil Nadu Housing Board and later hiked it to 15% during its 1991-96 regime, Karunanidhi said in the assembly.

The DMK patriarch also read out a list of names of various relatives of AIADMK leaders, government servants and police officers who have been allotted land under the discretionary quota.

Beneficiaries on the chief minister's list included senior police officers, K Vijaykuamr and R Natraj, and Bhanumaty, wife of AIADMK parliamentarian M Thambidurai.

Swamy had reportedly petitioned Governor Surjit Singh Barnala for sanction to prosecute the chief minister.