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Newsmen Bureau

Kolkata, 30 August: SUPREME Court is likely to deliver its verdict tomorrow on the constitutional validity of Singur Land Rehabilitation and Development Act that the Trinamool government enacted in 2011 to return the Singur Tata Nano factory land to the farmers.

The list of cases put out for hearing tomorrow by Supreme Court’s registrar today evening has listed the Special Leave Petition that West Bengal government had filed challenging the Calcutta High Court’s 2012 ruling wherein the Singur Act was quashed as “unconstitutional and void.”

Going by the case list, the division bench of Supreme Court’s Justice Gopal Gowda and Justice Arun Mishra will take up the Singur case at 10.30 am tomorrow and is subsequently likely to deliver the verdict.

In 2006, the then Left Front government of West Bengal had acquired around 1,000 acres of land at Singur in Hooghly for a Tata Nano Car factory. This is despite the opposition and agitation by a section of the farmers who owned the land.

Mamata Banerjee led Trinamool eventually turned it into a major rallying point against the Left Front government accusing it of forcibly acquiring the fertile land of the farmers in connivance with the Tatas. The agitation turned public sentiment against the Left Front and it got defeated to the Trinamool in the 2011 Bengal Assembly polls.

Soon after coming to power, living up to its pre-poll promise, Mamata Banerjee government enacted the Singur Land Rehabilitation and Development Act that provided for returning 400 acres out of the 1,000 acres acquired land to the farmers who had opposed the acquisition.

Tatas moved the Calcutta High Court challenging the validity of the Act but a single bench of the High Court ruled in favour of the Mamata Banerjee government. Subsequently, the Tatas moved a division bench of the High Court, and on 22 June 2013, the bench quashed the Singur Act terming it “unconstitutional and void.”

But unfazed by this, Mamata Banerjee government challenged the High Court’s ruling in the Supreme Court. Since then, the case has been pending before the Supreme Court’s division bench of Justice Gopal Gowda and Justice Arun Mishra.

Earlier this year, the Supreme Court bench concluded the hearing into the case but reserved the verdict. This much awaited verdict is now likely to be delivered tomorrow.