Court asked Government restore the ownership of the lands to cultivators.
After 8 long years, on Wednesday the Apex Court set aside Singur land acquisition by the West Bengal govt. & said that the allotment was wrong.
The bench of Justices V Gopala Gowda & Arun Mishra pronounced the judgment on a batch of petitions which were filed in 2008.
The Buddhadeb Bhattacharya govt. acquired the land in 2006 to enable Tatas to set up their Nano car manufacturing plant in the state of West Bengal but due to violent protests the Tatas shifted their project out of West Bengal to Sanad district in Gujarat .
Meanwhile, this year in May, Justice Gopala Gowda & Justice Arun Kumar Mishra had said that the land was meant for the ‘public purpose’.
The Left Front government’s policy to acquire the land lead to widespread protests in West Bengal & ultimately led to a victory in elections for Mamta Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress.
The Bench ordered the State govt. to identify the land acquired in ten weeks & return the land to the farmers within the next twelve weeks.
The Apex Court directed the State,”Restore the ownership of lands to the cultivators”.
Supreme Court also said that the farmers can retain the compensation paid to them by their State as they were “deprived” of their ten years’ income from the land because of the State’s acquisition and the compensation will be paid to those who were not paid.
After the Supreme court’s judgement, the 1000 acre land will now be handed back to the farmers.