Sunday, May 8, 2016

Singur-West Bengal: Another victory of Mamata and TMC as, Hon. Supreme Court says “Singur land acquisition deal for Tata-Nano project was a farce”. It means Mamata Banerjee was right by saying it was a forceful accusation of land by Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and Tatas.

Supreme Court of India now justified Mamata Banerjee’s Singur Movement (Singoor Andolon) was right and killer Buddhadeb, whose goons grabbed the land for their master Tatas and killed many including brutal rape and killing of Tapasi Malik was wrong. 

While hearing multiple petitions, the top court pulled up the former Left government for not following procedures before handing over the plot to Tata Motors.

The Supreme Court has pulled up the former West Bengal government led by the Communist Party of India (Marxist) for rushing through processes to hand over a plot of fertile land in the Singur in Hooghly district for the Tata-Nano project. Calling the land acquisition deal a farce, the court said it was surprised that the Left government had not conducted any survey before acquiring and allotting the land to Tata Motors.

A two-judge bench on 4th May’16 heard multiple petitions filed by various parties that challenged the land acquisition deal. The apex court has sought clarification from the Left government led by former West Bengal chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee for its decision to allot the plot of land to Tata to set up a plant for its Nano car. It also directed the previous state government to explain why an additional 400-acre plot was given to the company.

Supreme Court bench comprising justices V Gopala Gowda and Arun Mishra questioned the manner in which over 400 acres of land was allotted to Tata Motors without adhering to the section 4 and 5 of the Land Acquisition Act which mandate public notice for receiving objections.

The bench noted that the entire exercise was done by "bulldozing the law" as the then Cabinet suo motu cleared the allocation of the land identified by the automobile major which was the task of the government of the day.

The bench said it was a farcical exercise through which the land was allocated and it was a "legal mala fide".

Tata Motors had challenged the constitutional validity of the Singur Land Rehabilitation and Development Act, which the Trinamool Congress government had enacted in a bid to return a part of the acquired land. The court had held that the Act constitutional and had also observed that Tata Motors cannot claim compensation if the land was not acquired in accordance with the law.

The Tata Nano project in Singur was widely opposed by displaced farmers, activists and the Trinamool Congress, which was the Opposition party at the time. While the company had made extensive promises, the compensation offered to those displaced was considered inadequate and subsequently led to protests.

Supreme Court said, "You cannot argue that they (farmers) have accepted the award so they cannot challenge the acquisition. This case is under different footing and there are several issues which need to be answered."
People of Bengal never forget the way Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and his CPIM’s HARMADs done atrocities over villagers of Singur, so they are eagerly waiting for final verdict by Supreme Court with a hope truth can’t be suppressed and killer CPIM has to give answer.

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