Tata Motors on Wednesday accused the Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee government of lawlessness in West Bengal in 2007-08, which forced them to shift the Nano car project from Singur to Gujarat.
The Tatas moved the Calcutta high court challenging the validity of the Singur Land Rehabilitation and Development Bill 2011 for taking over the 997.17-acre plot given to them for setting up the Nano manufacturing project in 2006.
“If they (Tata) want to go to the court they are free… it is their democratic right. What we did was according to law,” said chief minister Mamata Banerjee in New Delhi while the hearing was going on in Kolkata.
Moving the petition before justice Soumitra Pal, Tata’s advocate Samaraditya Pal said: “The Tatas came to Bengal in 2006 at the instance of CPI(M) government. They were ready to roll out the Nano car from Singur, but because of the state’s failure to maintain law and order and provide security to workers and employees, they were not able to commission the project.”