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Singur land row: SC terms WB govt's plea 'infructuous' for now

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The Supreme today termed as "infructuous" the appeals of government against the Calcutta High order, which had in June 2012 struck down the Land Act that had allowed the state government to reclaim 400 acres of land given to

"The has become infructuous for the time being in wake of earlier judgement of the Liberty granted to petitioners to file interim application, if the need arises," a bench of Justices J S Khehar and Arun Mishra said.

On August 31, the government in had scored a major victory with Supreme Court terming as "illegal and void" the of 1053 acres land by the erstwhile government for Tata Motors' project at Singur, by ordering restoration of land to farmers who will retain the compensation received.

It had directed the state's Survey Settlement Department to conduct a survey and identify mouzas of lands acquired with reference to layout plans, other connected records, village maps and survey settlement records of the lands in question, in order to identify the respective portions which needed to be returned to the respective owners or cultivators.

The court had said that the possession of the lands be restored to landowners/cultivators within 12 weeks from the date of the verdict.

The verdict had come on petitions filed by some farmers and NGOs alleging that the of land was against the provisions of Land Act, 1894 and other rules.

The petitioners had charged the earlier Left government with acquiring most fertile and valuable land for

The present appeal in the apex court was filed by the government after the High Court had in 2012 ruled that the legislation enacted by government to recover the land leased to in for its small car project was constitutionally invalid.

The Land Rehabilitation and Development Act 2011 sought to empower the state government to take back 400 acres of land, given to Tata Motors for its project.

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First Published: Fri, November 25 2016. 18:23 IST