HC directs Tata Motors to serve notice on Bengal government

The newly-elected West Bengal last week scrapped the Singur land deal with Tata Motors and provided for return of land to unwilling farmers

Kolkata: The Calcutta High Court today refused to hear ex-parte Tata Motors' petition challenging the Singur Land Rehabilitation and Development Act, 2011.

Justice Saumitra Pal, while taking up the petition filed by Tata Motors, directed its counsel Samaraditya Pal to serve notice to the state government and said the matter would be taken up at 12 noon.

Samaraditya Pal submitted that he wanted to move the petition ex-parte, but the court refused to entertain his plea.

The Act scrapped the previous Left Front government's deal with Tata Motors and provided for return of land to unwilling farmers.

The Bill was passed in the state Assembly on 14th June, amid a walkout by the Opposition Left parties, by voice vote along with some amendments brought by the government. It had also received governor MK Narayanan's assent on Monday.

Meanwhile, the Hooghly district administration on Tuesday pasted a notice on the walls of the Tata Motors abandoned project site at Singur with a copy of the gazette notification of the scrapping of the land deal with the government.

The company's stock was trading 0.94% lower at Rs929 in late morning trade on the Bombay Stock Exchange today.

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