Monday, April 9, 2018

Supreme Court pulls up Centre for not framing Cauvery scheme

Supreme Court pulls up Centre for not framing Cauvery scheme

New Delhi:  The Supreme Court on Monday, 9th April 2018 pulled up the Centre for not framing the Cauvery water-sharing scheme by March 29, 2018, the deadline given by the court.

A Bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra ordered the Centre to submit a draft of the scheme before the court on May 3.

Attorney General K.K. Venugopal agreed to submit the scheme before the time limit.

“The directions of the Supreme Court should be complied with... surprised that scheme was not framed by you. You are obliged. We passed the judgment after much difficulty,” said Chief Justice Misra.

The apex court also urged the people of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka to maintain calm to allow the court “to put its final stamp on the scheme.”

“ Prove your bonafide to end the inter-State dispute by framing the Cauvery scheme,” said Chief Justice Misra. “Please remember. Our order has to be complied with. Everytime the Supreme Court cannot monitor. That is why we want you to frame the scheme. You file the scheme before us. You better implement our decree.”

On Tamil Nadu’s insistence for the setting up of the Cauvery Management Board, the Chief Justice said, “The statute says ‘scheme.’ Our judgment says ‘scheme.’.

Tamil Nadu’s counsel responded, “But the 'scheme' must ultimately provide for a Board or an implementing authority,”  The Chief Justice agreed to it.

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