Tuesday, June 28, 2011

SC stays return of Singur land

NEW DELHI: Providing temporary relief to Tata Motors, the Supreme Court on Wednesday stayed the return of Singur land to the farmers by the West Bengal government.

The apex court, in its interim order, said the state government will hold the land and maintain status quo till further orders from Calcutta high court.

The SC directed the parties to argue the merits of the case before the high court.

Tata Motors had filed two special leave petitions requesting the Supreme Court to stay the Singur Land Rehabilitation and Development Act passed by Bengal Assembly after Trinamool Congress came to power.

It had urged the court to stop the return of land to the farmers, a process initiated by the state government after the act was passed.

The lawyer representing the state government clarified before the court that no land had been returned to farmers till now.

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