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The Calcutta high court division bench on Friday held the Singur Land Rehabilitation and Development Act, 2011, as unconstitutional and void, which is a major setback to West Bengal’s Mamata Banerjee government.

The court favoured the Tata Motors’ appeal against a trial court order which upheld the act and gave the West Bengal government two months to appeal before the Supreme Court.

After coming to power in the state, the Mamata Banerjee government passed the act, which empowered them to return 400 acres of land to Tata Motors at Singur.

In September, 2011, a single judge bench had ruled in favour of the state government after which Tata Motors moved an appeal before the division bench. Tata Motors had been leased 997 acre at Singur in Hooghly district, by the Left Front government for its Nano car project.

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