The Supreme Court on Wednesday set aside the Calcutta High Court order upholding the land acquisition for Tata's Nano plant at Singur in West Bengal.
Finding fault with the land acquisition process, the apex court ordered that the acquired land be returned to the cultivators within 12 weeks.
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The court said that the land acquisition collector had not properly conducted the inquiry into the complaints of cultivators with regard to acquisition of plots.
Farmers who got compensation from government will not return it because they were deprived of their livelihood for the last ten years, the court said.