Tuesday, 16 October, 2018

SC reserves order on Cauvery Management Board

State BJP president Tamilisai Soundararajan distributes sweets at her office on Tuesday following victory in Karnataka elections DMK terms K'taka Guv's decision on inviting BJP as 'hasty, arbitrary, unconstitutional'
Steven Clarke | 17 May, 2018, 14:22

The court ordered the Centre to "rectify the draft scheme".

Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra has reserved judgement to "examine the draft to see whether it is in consonance with our judgment and pass a order". Senior advocate Shyam Divan, appearing for the Karnataka government, today submitted suggestions to be dealt while finalising the Cauvery scheme.

The Centre was also asked to drop the clause that said that the Centre would give directions from time to time to the implementing authority - a clause objected to by Tamil Nadu.

The court turned down Karnataka's plea that the hearing in the Cauvery dispute be adjourned till the first week of July since there is no proper elected government in the state after the Assembly elections.

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In deference to the demand by Tamil Nadu, the Centre on Wednesday informed the Supreme Court that it was agreeable for the name "Cauvery Management Board" to implement the February 16 judgment on allocation and distribution of water among Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry.

The Opposition DMK in Tamil Nadu on Thursday termed as "hasty", "arbitrary", "unconstitutional", the Karnataka Governor's decision inviting the BJP to form the next government and said it would pave way for horse trading.

The court to look into the scheme in the light of the orders passed by this court.

The central government had filed the draft scheme before the court on Monday. "The court can not wait till July as the first release of water from the Cauvery is scheduled in June", Naphade said. On February 16, the Supreme Court reduced the quantity of water Karnataka was asked to supply to Tamil Nadu by 14.75 tmc (thousand million cubic litres).

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