V.GOPALA GOWDA, J.
(1.) Delay condoned in SLP (C) CC No. 13645 of 2008.
Leave granted in all the special leave petitions.
(2.) The present appeals arise out of the impugned final common judgment and order dated 18.01.2008 in W.P. No.
23836 (W) of 2006 and connected petitions, passed by the High Court of Calcutta, wherein the Writ Petitions
filed challenging the proceedings of the acquisition
of land to an extent of about 1000 acres within the
mouzas Gopalnagar, Singherberi, Beraberi, Khaserberi
and Bajemelia, P.S. Singur, District Hooghly were
(3.) The relevant facts which are required for us to
appreciate the rival legal contentions advanced on
behalf of the parties are stated in brief as
The State of West Bengal formulated an industrial
policy to establish automobile industries in the State
to cater to the needs of the people and to solve the
problem of unemployment in the State. In pursuance of
the same, the respondent, Tata Motors Ltd.
(hereinafter referred to as "TML"), entered into
discussions with the State Government of West Bengal
regarding the infrastructural needs of the project. In
a letter dated 19.01.2006 addressed to then Principal
Secretary of the Commerce and Industries Department of
the Government of West Bengal, TML stated that a team
had visited the State and met representatives of the
Government. It also thanked the Government for the
openness with which the discussions were held and the
assurance of its full support on the project, and
summarized its requirements for the same. The relevant
portion of the proposal is extracted hereunder: