WB: Hearing of challenge to Singur Act concluded

Tata Motors Ltd and WB govt were directed by the Cal HC to file written notes of argument as hearing on the challenge of the Singur Act concluded.

Kolkata: Tata Motors Ltd and the West Bengal
government were today directed by the Calcutta High Court to
file written notes of argument by September 20 as hearing on
the challenge of the Singur Act by TML concluded on Friday.

Justice IP Mukerji is expected to deliver the judgement
in the case filed by TML challenging the constitutionality of
Singur Land Rehabilitation and Development Act 2011, before
the Puja holidays, which begins from October one.

The hearing concluded after TML counsel S Pal finished
his submissions in reply to the arguments by the state against
its position on the constitutionality of the Act.

TML opposed the High Court`s initiative on compensation
to it for the government vesting land at Singur that was
leased to the company.

The TML counsel disagreed with the proposal and informed
Justice Mukerji that there was no mention of the leasehold
value of the land in the government`s proposal which could be
500 per cent higher than that of the structure constructed at

The state government, on the other hand, said that the
Hooghly district judge would determine the compensation
considering the principle laid down under section 23 and 24 of
the Land Acquisition Act 1894.

TML has already taken away all machinery from Singur to
Sanand in Gujarat for its Nano car plant.


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