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Singur land row: SC stays Calcutta HC verdict

Kolkata, Aug 24 (): The Supreme Court on Friday gave some relief to the West Bengal government after issuing a stay on the Calcutta high court order regarding Singur land row. The Court also issued a notice to West Bengal government that was led by chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Singur land acquisition row.

The state government earlier moved the apex court challenging the order of the high court that had struck down the Singur Land Acquisition Act which permitted the government to regain 400 acres of land which was provided to Tata Motors.

Though the bench of justices H L Dattu and C K Prasad said that the Calcutta High Court’s interim order which had alleged that it is not necessary for the state to part with the land for two months to file its appeal will continue.

Earlier in June, a division bench of Calcutta high court struck out the Singur Land Rehabilitation and Development Act by terming it as illegal. The state government while filing an appeal through its advocate Abhijit Sen Gupta uttered that the high court has made a severe mistake in quashing the Act.

Singur was the main cause to project the West Bengal Chief Minister to power in Bengal thus bringing an end to the thirty-four years of the Left rule. The first aim of the state government after coming to power was indeed to return back the four hundred acres of Singur land to the farmers.

The act was passed on June 13, 2011 just a month after the assembly polls were announced. The return of the farmers’ land of four hundred acres of the Tat Nano factory was one of the major issues in the party proposal prior to the Lok Sabha and assembly polls.

The division bench   set aside  the order of  the single judge which termed  the Act to be legal.