Patna, March 24, 2009 (IANS)
lawyer in Bihar has gone to court against Tata
group chairman Ratan Tata for launching the Nano
car ahead of the elections, alleging that the
launch would "help" Gujarat Chief Minister
Narendra Modi who provided land to the Tatas after
the car project was shifted out of West Bengal.
Shruti Singh, a lawyer of
the Patna High Court, filed a case against Tata
in the Chief Judicial Magistrate's court here
Monday as, according to her, the launch could
influence poll results and therefore was tantamount
to violating the model code of conduct during
elections. She has sought an injunction against
the commercial launch of the Nano.
"I filed the case against
Ratan Tata to expose his attempt to help Modi
in the elections by commercially launching Nano
to send (the) message that it was possible thanks
to Modi," Singh told IANS.
She alleged that the launch
of the Nano, the world's cheapest car with a base
price of Rs.100,000 ($2,000), was timed in such
a way that it could influence the elections.
The Nano was launched in
Mumbai Monday, around five months after the group
had to shift its factory out of Singur in West
Bengal following protests by some farmers over
the acquisition of their land for the project.
The first set of cars is
being manufactured at Pantnagar in Uttarakhand
and Pune in Maharashtra.
Tata Monday said that Nano
was being commercially launched some nine months
ahead of the commissioning of its new project
site at Sanand in Gujarat, some 45 km from the
state's commercial capital Ahmedabad.