Hearing in TATA motors SEZs case adjourned

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New Delhi, Apr 15 (UNI) The Supreme Court today fixed May 13 for hearing of the petition challenging the acquisition of land in Singur, West Bengal for setting up of SEZs by TATA Motors for the Nano car project.

The petition filed by one Kedar Nath Yadav has alleged that 1,000 acres of fertile land belonging to farmers is been forcibly acquired by the state government without the consent of the farmers for handing over to TATA's.

A bench comprising Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan and Justice R V Raveendran adjourned the hearing after it was informed that pleadings in the case are not complete.

Earlier, there have been violent protests in various parts of the country, including Nandigram in West Bengal, where 14 farmers had died in the police firing when they were protesting against the forcible acquisition of their agricultural lands.

The apex court had recently held that fertile land should not be acquired for commercial purposes.

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