"Legal Options Open": Trinamool On Ruling Favouring Tata Motors In Singur Case

Tata Motors announced on Monday that it has won the arbitral proceedings and now the company can recover Rs 765.78 crore plus interest from WBIDC.

'Legal Options Open': Trinamool On Ruling Favouring Tata Motors In Singur Case

In 2008, Tata Motors withdrew its Nano car production plant from Bengal amid protests (Representational)

Kolkata:

Bengal's ruling Trinamool Congress downplayed the Tata Motors win in arbitral proceedings against the West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation (WBIDC) for the abandoned car project in Singur, stressing that it is not the "final verdict" and that legal avenues are open before the state government.

Tata Motors announced on Monday that it has won the arbitral proceedings, which centred on the loss of its capital, and now the company can recover Rs 765.78 crore plus interest from WBIDC.

"This is not a final verdict or a verdict by the Supreme Court. This is a ruling by an arbitral tribunal. It doesn't mean this is the end of the road for the state government. Legal avenues are still open," TMC MP Sougata Roy said.

The controversy surrounding the abandoned car manufacturing plant in Singur in Bengal's Hooghly district dates back to 2008 when Tata Motors, facing opposition led by TMC chief Mamata Banerjee, announced the withdrawal of its ambitious Nano car production plant.

At the time, the CPI(M)-led Left Front was in power in the state and the BJP accused the TMC of driving industries away from the state.

BJP spokesperson Samik Bhattacharya said, "We are against forcible land acquisition. But when the industry started, we wanted the factory to come up. For the wrong policies of the CPI(M) and the militant agitation of the TMC, the Tatas were forced out of the state, permanently driving industries away."

In an official statement, Tata Motors said, "In respect of arbitration proceedings between Tata Motors Limited and WBIDC, this is to inform that the aforesaid pending arbitral proceedings before a three-member Arbitral Tribunal has now been finally disposed of in favor of TML on October 30, 2023, and the company has been held to recover Rs 765.78 crore plus interest from WBIDC."

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