New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday set aside the land acquired by the Buddhadeb Bhattacharya government in Singur 2006 to facilitate the Tatas to set up its its Nano car manufacturing plant.
“The land acquisition process adopted by the then CPM government, which was opposed by the TMC, was wrong on many counts,” the SC said in its judgment.
The SC asked the West Bengal government to undertake a survey to return the Singur land to original farmer owners within 10 weeks.
In May this year, the SC had heard the pleas of the Tatas, the Bengal government and the aggrieved farmers of Singur and had reserved its verdict in the case.
The Tata group was given around a thousand acres by the state government in 2006 to build a car manufacturing factory, but in the wake of violent protests from the Trinamool Congress Party, the project was shelved.
Soon after coming to power in 2011, chief minister Mamata Banerjee passed a law to take over the land and forced the Tata’s to move their project out of the state to Gujarat’s Sanad district.
Tata Motors moved the Calcutta high court challenging the law. The acquisition of the land was upheld by a trial court and the law passed by the Trinamool Congress-led state government was declared unconstitutional on appeal.
Thereafter, the dispute moved to the Supreme Court.