Singur verdict: Bengal Govt to move SC against the High Court order
Kolkata, June 22 (ANI): The West Bengal government will approach the apex court against the Calcutta High Court order that, on Friday, declared the Singur Land Acquisition Act "unconstitutional."
The Division Bench of the High Court pronounced that the act was unconstitutional, as President's assent was not taken.
Reacting to the court ruling, the counsel of the government, Kalyan Banerjee, said that the court has provided two months time to the state government so that they could appeal in the higher court.
"The state would prefer to appeal before the Supreme Court. In single bench, we won. In division bench, they won. One is to one. Let us see the final round," Banerjee said.
Earlier, The Calcutta High Court ruled that a legislation passed by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's Government to recover land in Singur from Tata Motors is constitutionally invalid.
Tata Motors had challenged the order of the single bench of the Calcutta High Court, which had upheld the Singur Land Rehabilitation and Development Act, 2011, by which the West Bengal Government vested the land leased to the company at Singur, before the division bench of the Court.
Tata Motors had appealed against the order of Justice I.P. Mukerji, which was passed on September 28 last year. Justice Mukerji had held the Singur Land Rehabilitation and Development Act 2011 to be constitutional.
Justice I.P. Mukerji had dismissed Tata Motors' petition that challenged the Singur Land Development and Rehabilitation Act, 2011.
Justice Mukerji held the Act 'valid and constitutional' and agreed that return of land was in public interest.
The land had been allotted to the Tatas by the erstwhile state government ruled by the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) led Left Front for building a motor car plant in the Singur area.
The Trinamool Congress (TMC), which was then the main opposition in West Bengal, had demanded return of 400 acre to farmers unwilling to give land for the project.
After Banerjee was elected the chief minister, she passed the Singur Land Rehabilitation and Development Act 2011. (ANI)
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