Report sought on 'pilferage' from Tata's plant
The Calcutta High Court tolday told the West Bengal government to file a report on whether there was any pilferage from the Tata Motors' abandoned small car factory in Hooghly district's Singur and give details of police deployment there.kolkata Updated: Jun 23, 2011 19:11 IST
The Calcutta High Court on Thursday told the West Bengal government to file a report on whether there was any pilferage from the Tata Motors' abandoned small car factory in Hooghly district's Singur and give details of police deployment there.
Justice Soumitra Pal sought the report by Friday.
The court order came after petitioner Tata Motors' counsel Samaraditya Pal quoted newspaper reports and presented photographs suggesting pilferage and looting of goods from the factory over the past 24 hours.
The West Bengal government submitted that there was adequate security around the factory where 591 police personnel had been deployed.
The judge directed the district magistrate of Hooghly to file the report on the company's allegation and also mention the deployment of police personnel in the area.
The report should be filed in a sealed envelope with multiple copies, the court said.
Government pleader Kalyan Banerjee contended that the pictures, taken from a TV channel, presented by the company could not be admitted as evidence as only one channel had shown such footage.
The court on Wednesday asked the government to maintain peace at the plant premises after the automobile maker moved a petition challenging the Singur land law calling it "unconstitutional" and "illegal".
The Singur Land Rehabilitation and Development Act, which came into force on Tuesday, provides for scrapping the land-lease to the company by the erstwhile Left Front government for the car plant.
The law vested the land in the state government, which evicted the automobile giant from the plant.
The state assembly June 14 passed the bill that was designed to meet the Trinamool Congress's pre-poll promise of returning 400 acres land to the farmers from whom the previous Left Front administration allegedly took it against their will.