In a huge setback for the farmers in Singur, the Calcutta High Court on Thursday passed a stay order on the re-distribution of the land among the farmers, which were acquired for Tata Motor's Nano car project.
The order suggests that the West Bengal government cannot distribute land among farmers till the matter is heard. The case will be heard from November 8.
A division bench of justices Pinaki Chandra Ghose and Mrinal Kanti Chaudhuri reserved the stay order of the trial court till the next hearing validating the Singur Land Rehabilitation and Development Act.
The trial court judge Justice I P Mukherjee had stayed the re-distribution of the land on September 28 till November 2. Kalyan Bandopadhyay, appearing for the state government appealed that the stay order should be restricted to acres of land in Singur.
However, the bench rejected the government's appeal and said that the entire 997 acres of land will be restricted.
The move came after the Tata Motors moved the High Court praying for the continuation of the stay order and to validate the Singur Land Rehabilitation and Development Act, 2011.