WB: Hearing of challenge to 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 Singur.

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.

PTI