SC rejects plea challenging land acquisition for Nano project

Last Updated: Monday, December 14, 2009 - 17:52

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed
a plea challenging the land acquisition by Gujarat government
for Tata Motors Nano car project.

The apex court questioned the locus standi of an NGO and
its head in opposing the project which was aimed at producing
the cheapest four-wheeler.

"You don`t want industrialisation?" a Bench comprising
Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan and Justices J M Panchal and B
S Chauhan told the petitioners.

When the NGO Rashtriya Kisan Dal`s chief H K Thaker
alleged around 1100 acres of fertile agricultural land of 4000
farmers have been given to Tata Motors at Rs 410 crore by
Gujarat government, the Bench fired a volley of questions at
him for filing the PIL.

"How have you come to the court? Do you know whether
people, whose land has been acquired have been awarded
compensation or not?" the Bench said.

When he replied in negative, the Bench questioned his
bonafide for approaching the court.

"Then why have you come here? Your bonafide is also
doubtful," the Bench said.

It also noted that though the land for the project, which
was shifted by the company from Singur in West Bengal after
largescale protests, was on the outskirts of Ahmedabad, the
NGO from Surendranagar was opposing the land acquisition.

The NGO had submitted that the state government should
have alloted barren land to the company either at Dwarka,
Kutch or Surendranagar.

PTI



First Published: Monday, December 14, 2009 - 17:52

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