Singur Land fiasco: Its battleground SC for Tata vs Didi

Posted By: Biswajeet Panda
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Mumbai, Jun 28: The Mamata-Tata war in West Bengal is all set to become more intense after the Calcutta High Court refused to pass an interim order restraining the West Bengal government from distributing land to farmers in Singur which it took back from Tata Motors.

Tata Motors on June 27, informed that it will move to the Supreme Court of India against the West Bengal government's decision.

In a statement issued on late night June 27, the company said, "As per the country's legal procedures, the company will agitate the matter before the Supreme Court."

And added, "The company believes that as per conventions established in the country when a matter is being heard at a court of law, the parties concerned, more so when the party is the State, should not alter the existing state of facts in the matter, and the undue haste being shown by the Government is not conducive to upholding the rule of law."

The statement added that according to the newly legislated Singur Land Rehabilitation and Development Act 2011, Tata Motors has been charged with non-commissioning of the plant and abandonment, and thus takes away its rights to the land without providing for a reasonable compensation, despite the company having made a huge investment of over Rs 1,800 crores in the plant.

However, the West Bengal government has in a shrewd move already filed a caveat before the apex court to nullify any petition by Tata Motors over Singur land before it was not heard ex-parte.

It can be recalled that the newly elected West Bengal government headed by Mamata Banerjee as the chief minister of the state, took possession of the 999.97 acres of land at Singur to return to farmers who had 'unwillingly' parted their land.

By doing so, Didi as Mamata Banerjee is fondly called by her supporters, fulfilled her pre-electoral promise to the people of West Bengal.

OneIndia News
(With Agency inputs)

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