Kolkata, May 4: The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the Tatas whether they are willing to vacate the land in Singur if they get adequate compensation. The Tatas' lawyer, Gopal Jain, said it could be a good move in principle but it depends on the procedure. It will be important to see what kind of proposal comes, he said. [SC rebukes former Left govt on Singur land acquisition]
The apex court was hearing the Singur case.
The West Bengal government, on the other hand, questioned the decision to give almost a thousand acres to the Tatas when they had first wanted only 600 acres in Kharagpur. Jain said the land was given by the Bengal government, which is a continuity. He said the government had then informed that everything had happened as per plan. Why the government is speaking in a different voice now, he asked.
The apex court then asked the state government to provide it the details on project reports, designs and decisions taken by the state cabinet on Singur at that time.
On Tuesday, the Tatas' counsel claimed that they were compelled to withdraw from Singur as disorder was planned there.