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Updated: June 29, 2011 02:43 IST

Tata Motors moves Supreme Court

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Bikas Chandra Das of Bajemelia village of Singur, who protested the forcible land acquisition for the Tata's Nano car project, submits his claim for the land in Hooghly district of West Bengal on Monday. Photo: Arunangsu Roy Chowdhury
The Hindu Bikas Chandra Das of Bajemelia village of Singur, who protested the forcible land acquisition for the Tata's Nano car project, submits his claim for the land in Hooghly district of West Bengal on Monday. Photo: Arunangsu Roy Chowdhury

Tata Motors on Tuesday approached the Supreme Court challenging the Calcutta High Court order refusing its plea to restrain West Bengal government from distributing land to farmers in Singur.

The petition was mentioned before a vacation bench comprising justices P. Sathasivam and A.K. Patnaik which posted the matter for hearing tomorrow. The bench accepted the plea of Tata’s counsel to file the petition later in the day.

The counsel submitted that the company is seeking a direction for the state government not to create third party interest in the land.

The Calcutta High Court had on Monday refused to pass an interim stay order observing that the Tata Motors Limited petition had no specific statement as to when the process of land distribution would start.

The high court had noted the petitioner had submitted that if the prayer was not allowed and land distributed, the original petition challenging the Singur Land Rehabilitation and Development Act, 2011 would become infructuous.

Tata Motors had moved an ex-parte petition seeking stay on distribution of land expressing apprehension that it would be given back to “unwilling” farmers within a day or two.

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