Kolkata: In a new twist to the Tata Motors and Singur land row, a Calcutta High Court judge hearing the Tata Motors' challenge of the Singur Land Rehabilitation and Development Act on Tuesday refusing to hear the case recused himself from it.

Citing personal problems, Justice Saumitra Pal recused from the case. It is believed that Pal while observing the papers of the petition filed by the Tatas’ found that he personally knew two of the persons whose names appeared in the files relating to the case.

On Tuesday, Justice Pal who has been hearing the matter on a daily basis since the first week of July in the presence of government’s counsel Ashok Banerjee, Tata Group’s lawyer Samaraditya Pal and Attorney General Anandhya Mishra, pronounced his decision.

After Pal’s decision, Chief Justice JN Patel, to whom the matter was sent back, reassigned the case to Justice Indra Prasanna Mukerji who would hear the matter afresh.

The matter is likely to be mentioned in the court of Justice Mukerji on Wednesday and then fixed for hearing.

Pal’s decision may affect the deadline set by the Supreme Court for deciding the matter which was set for a month and was expected that the order would be reserved on July 29.

Interestingly, earlier Tata Group’s counsel, Samaraditya Pal, had offered to leave the case on allegations by the government’s lawyer.

(JPN/ Bureau)