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Cal HC does not pass interim order

Kolkata: The Calcutta High Court on Wednesday did not pass any interim order on the Tata Motors` petition challenging the Singur Land Rehabilitation and Development Act 2011 by which the West Bengal government has taken back possession of the land leased to the company at Singur.

Justice Soumitra Pal, observing that the Advocate General Anindya Mitra has submitted that adequate police were deployed to maintain peace and for protection of the property, directed that no order was being passed.

Tata Motors` counsel Samaraditya Pal prayed that possession of the 645 acre that was leased to it by the state government be frozen and the government be restrained till its challenge of the Act was decided by the court.

Mitra, however, submitted the land was the government`s property for which adequate security arrangements have been made.

Tata Motors Ltd moved the petition before the court of Justice Pal pleading that the Act and all its consequences be declared unconstitutional, illegal, bad in law and void.

It was also prayed for an injunction restraining West Bengal government from acting in terms of the Act and interfere with the possession of the land.

Tata Motors also asked the court to stay the operation of the Act and restore status quo ante as on June 20.

The Act was notified last evening and government took over the land.

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