Tata Motors, which was on Tuesday allowed to become a party to a dispute over its small-car factory in Singur, asked the Supreme Court not to pass any orders on a petition seeking halt of the project without hearing its views.
A bench headed by Chief Justice KG Balakrishnan, while allowing Tatas to implead itself in the case, asked the car maker to file its reply within two weeks and posted the matter for hearing on May 13.
Tata Motors, which proposes to roll out the world's cheapest car Nano from the Singur facility, submitted before the court that it had spent more than Rs 700 crore on the small-car project.
The petition filed by Kedar Nath Yadav, a practising lawyer, while seeking immediate halt of the Nano car project challenged the High Court's decision that held as legal, the acquisition of land by West Bengal government for the project.
The acquisition of fertile multi-crop agricultural land by the government in various parts of the state for Tata Motors' upcoming project, for Indonesia's Salim Group in Haldia and the Reliance group, was violative of farmers' rights guaranteed by the Constitution, Yadav's petition filed through Sarla Chandra stated.
It also goes against the provisions of Land Acquisition Act, 1894, the petition said.