Blow to Mamata Banerjee, HC strikes down Singur Land Act
In a huge setback to Trinamool Congress chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, the Calcutta High Court on Friday held the Singur Land Rehabilitation and Development Act, 2011 as unconstitutional and void. Favouring the Tata Motors' appeal against a trial court order upholding the act, the court has given the West Bengal government two-months time to appeal before the Supreme Court.
Singur Act was passed in 2011 when Mamata became the Chief Minister and the act had validated the state government's land re-acquisition drive.
The act empowered the state government to reclaim 1,000 acres at the abandoned Tata's Nano factory site in Singur.
The TATA's had challenged the verdict in the High Court in November 2011.
Tata Motors had been leased 997 acre at Singur in Hooghly district, about 40 km from here, by the previous Left Front government for its Nano car project, billed as the cheapest car.
The Trinamool Congress, which was then the main opposition in West Bengal, had demanded return of 400 acre to farmers unwilling to give land for the project.
Tata Motors had moved to Sanand in Gujarat in 2008 citing law and order problems, but had kept possession of the leased land at Singur.