Calcutta HC rejects Tata's plea challenging Singur Bill

Posted By: Abdul Nisar
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Mamata Banerjee and Ratan Tata
Kolkata, Jun 27: The Calcutta High Court on Monday, Jun 27 rejected Tata's plea challenging the West Bengal governments controversial Singur Bill.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had passed the bill named as 'Singur Land Rehabilitation Bill' that would empower the government to take over the land covered by the lease granted to Tata Motors in view of "non-commissioning and abandoning of the small car project and ancillary factories and to return a portion to unwilling owners and utilise the remainder in public interest."

Soon after the Bill was passed in West Bengal Assembly, Tata Motors said that it will take legal means to oppose any move to return the land it was provided with by the former West Bengal Government.

The company was also critical about the language used in the bill. The West Bengal Government had stated the land had to be returned as there was no development and creation of jobs in Singur.

Tata also objected to this and stated that the conditions at Singur that lead to Tata Motors moving its Nano plant to Sanand in Gujarat has not been mentioned.

Earlier on Jun 22, Bengal HC had rejected Tata's plea on the same issue. With a second rejection from the HC, Tata may move forward with more legal fights.

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