Chennai, (Agencies): Rubbishing the charges of irregularities in allotment of land under discretionary quota, Chief Minister M Karunanidhi on Tuesday reprimanded Janata Party chief Subramanian Swamy for seeking sanction for his prosecution on the issue.

The CM said that Swamy was trying to "twist facts".

"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.

According to CM, plots and houses had been given at market rate to both applicants and beneficiairies under discretionary quota.

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.