Bengal moves SC against HC order to reclaim Singur land

The West Bengal government has moved the Supreme Court against the Calcutta High Court order, which struck down the Singur Land Act that allowed the state government to reclaim 400 acres of land given to Tata Motors.

In its appeal, filed through advocate Abhijit Sen Gupta, the state government said the high court has erred in quashing the Act. In a blow to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, the High Court had on June 22 ruled that the Singur Land Rehabilitation and Development Act enacted by her government to recover the land leased to Tata Motors in Singur for its small car project was constitutionally invalid. The court observed that President's assent had not been taken for the Act and as such it was void and unconstitutional.

The implementation of the order was, however, stayed for two months by the bench to allow the aggrieved party to appeal to the Supreme Court.

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