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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Singur Land Row: SC stalls return of land to Singur farmers!
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PTI / The Hindu / NEW DELHI, June 29, 2011.

"Unwilling" farmers of Singur, who protested the forcible land acquisition for the Tatas' Nano car project, submit their applications at BDO office in Hooghly district of West Bengal on Monday. Photo: Arunangsu Roy Chowdhury - The Hindu.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the West Bengal government not to go ahead with distribution and return of land in Singur to farmers which was acquired for Tata Motors’ small car project Nano.

“As an interim order we direct state government not to hand over or return land to farmers concerned until further order passed by the Calcutta High Court,” a vacation bench comprising justices P. Sathasivam an A. K. Patnaik said.

The bench said it was making it clear that this was an “interim arrangement” and it was not expressing any opinion on the merits of the case.

The judges said they were passing a limited interim order and asking the high court to proceed with the main matter in which the Tatas have challenged the new law enacted by the Mamata Banerjee government for taking possession of land and distributing it to farmers who were the original owners.

However, the bench said since the main issues were pending before the high court, it was not inclined to go into them.

Now, with 'willing-farmers' too are standing in the "Q", it would be very difficult for the project to survive!

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