New Delhi, Sept. 2: The Mamata Banerjee government and Tata Motors today urged the Supreme Court to expedite the hearing in the Singur land case after the apex court listed the matter for hearing in February 2014.
A bench headed by Justice H.L. Dattu asked senior counsel Kalyan Banerjee, who appeared for the Bengal government, and Tata counsel Gopal Jain to approach Chief Justice of India P. Sathasivam to seek relief. Juctice Dattu said he was preoccupied with a hearing pertaining to constitutional bench matters and it would not be possible for him to give any definite date
Both counsels told Justice Dattu that it was surprising that the matter had been postponed for such a long time when the court had on July 10 directed the listing of the matter after four weeks.
The judge had asked Tata Motors to consider handing over the Singur land to the government after accepting the compensation. But the bench, which also included Justice Dipak Misra, refrained from dealing with the validity of the Singur Land Acquisition Act brought by the government. The Bengal government moved the Supreme Court after a division bench of Calcutta High Court struck down the act in June last year.