Not aware president’s nod needed for Singur law: Narayanan

June 25th, 2012 - 7:10 pm ICT by IANS  

Mamata Banerjee Kolkata, June 25 (IANS) Days after the Calcutta High Court struck down the law undoing the Singur land acquisition from Tata Group, West Bengal Governor M.K. Narayanan Monday said he was not aware that assent of the president was required on the legislation.

“I thought we did not require president’s approval… that was the legal advice also. Fine, if the high court felt otherwise, fine.. what can we do,” said Narayanan.

In a major setback to the Mamata Banerjee government, a division bench of the high court Friday held the Singur Land Rehabilitation and Development Act, 2011, as unconstitutional and void.

By that act, the Trinamool Congress government sought to take back from the Tata Group the land that was leased to it by the previous Left Front government for the small car project and also return the land to the farmers who initially owned it.

The court, however, gave the West Bengal government two months to appeal before the Supreme Court.

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