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Tata counsel wants to quit

Tata Motors’ counsel alleged that government counsel Kalyan Banerjee’s “personal attacks against him” has made him “mentally disturbed”.

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata |
July 20, 2011 3:04:30 am

The Calcutta High Court on Tuesday witnessed some dramatic moments during the hearing in the Singur case as the counsel of Tata Motors refused to depose over the alleged “personal attacks” made by the government lawyer on a news channel.

As the hearing began,Tata Motors’ counsel Samaraditya Pal alleged that government counsel Kalyan Banerjee’s “personal attacks against him” has made him “mentally disturbed” and he was not in a position to depose as he could not prepare himself. He then added that he wanted to quit. Banerjee had reportedly told a TV channel that “he (Samaraditya Pal) is just spoiling the time’’.

Justice Saumitra Pal,who is hearing the Tata Motors’ writ petition challenging the Singur Land Development and Rehabilitation Act 2011,said that he was also embarrassed with the episode. He then enquired about Banerjee who was not present in the court. Advocate General Anindya Mitra told the court that Banerjee had gone to Bankura to complete the rituals of his mother’s passing away.

After the court re-assembled in the afternoon,Justice Pal called both Mitra and Pal and spoke to them in private. Mitra then requested Justice Pal to order mediapersons present in the courtroom not to publicise the allegations and counter-allegations,which the judge refused to do.

Justice Saumitra Pal told the Advocate General that the media was just carrying out its duty.

The hearing will continue on Wednesday.


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