New Delhi: Government on Monday came out in defence of Prime Minister's Adviser T K A Nair who has landed in controversy over alleged irregular allotment of plots to his niece and friend, saying the land was returned even before the allotees took possession.

"This was not an allegation against him, it was a report about certain allotment of plots. The piece of land was returned even before taking of possession by the allotees," Law Minister Salman Khurshid told reporters here when asked about the BEML plot allotment episode.

Nair courted controversy after media reports alleged that the plots were allotted to Nair's niece A Preethy Prabha and family friend Uma Devi Nambiar at "throwaway prices" in BEML society in South Bangalore in 2008.

Nair has rubbished the charges saying there was "no irregularity".

In a statement yesterday, Nair said he had sought "all the relevant facts" in the matter even as he dismissed as "absolutely baseless" any linkage to the controversial Tatra truck deal.