Tata moves court against Singur Act. Court defers decision to Thursday

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Tata moves court against Singur Act
Tata Motors filed a petition in the Calcutta High court on Tuesday night questioning the legal obligations of the Singur Land return act. The Calcutta high court will continue hearing the Tata Motor's plea to scrap the Singur Land Act on Thursday.

The action by the company came soon after land return notices were pasted on the disputed Singur site by the Hooghly administration. The Singur land return act calls for the reacquisition and redistribution of the Singur Land that was used for building the Nano car factory and other ancillary units to the farmers. Tata Motors has informed the state government about filing the petition and asked them to not to move their belongings from the site.

The directive on the Singur Land and Rehabilitation Act was issued on Tuesday afternoon. In the evening the Hooghly administration notified that rehabilitation process would begin from Wednesday, Tata Motors immediately approached the Chief Justice JN Patel. The case was heard on Wednesday where the Calcutta High Court did not pass any interim order on the Tata Motors' petition challenging the Singur Land Rehabilitation and Development Act 2011.

Before the notice of reacquisition by the Hooghly administration was pasted on the Singur site, Tata Motors notified that they must be granted a minimum of five hours to take all their necessary belongings from the site before the reacquisition process starts and pleaded that the notice be issued in the day to allow its top management to reach Singur.

The State government held many meetings and consultations with lawyers, farmer rights activists and Singur administration before the notification was issued. The Hooghly administration said there were no legal issues with the notification as it was issued under Subsection 123 of Section 4 of the Act. 

The farmer rights protection committees are very happy with the outcome of Singur Land verdict and are pushing for the Land to be returned to the farmers in their own name. But some farmers who willingly gave up their land for industry growth are not happy with the Singur land act.

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Story first published: Thursday, June 23, 2011, 9:31 [IST]
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