Bengal govt to begin argument in Singur case

Our Bureau Kolkata | Updated on August 16, 2011 Published on August 16, 2011

The West Bengal Government will commence its arguments opposing the petition filed by Tata Motors, beginning Wednesday. The auto major in its petition before the Calcutta High Court challenged the constitutional validity of the Singur Land Rehabilitation and Development Act 2011.

The Advocate-General of West Bengal, Mr Anindya Mitra, will begin his submission before Justice Mr I. P. Mukerji on Wednesday.

Mr Samaraditya Pal, counsel for Tata Motors, said here on Tuesday that the Act was legislated for “nothing else but acquisition” as is evident in its provisions regarding vesting the land with the State, restoring possession and compensation.

Mr Pal emphasised that the Act was void because it dealt with acquisition, a matter that appears in the concurrent list of the constitution and its provisions were repugnant to the Land Acquisition Act, 1894. The assent from the President, which is required when a State law contravenes a Central law on a matter that appears in the Concurrent list had not been obtained.

Published on August 16, 2011
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