Supreme Court refuses to defer Cauvery trials on account of government formation

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Supreme Court refuses to defer Cauvery trials on account of government formation

The Centre on Wednesday assured the Supreme Court that the proposed Cauvery Water Management Board would be the sole arbiter for deciding the allocation and utilisation of river water.

CJI refused the plea of senior counsel Shyam Divan to defer the hearing till July as the government formation in Karnataka is yet to take place.

A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud said it would issue the order on Friday at 2 p.m. The direction came after Karnataka government said that it would like to file objections on the Centre's draft scheme on distributing the waters of the Cauvery River.

In this petition Tamil Nadu is seeking to initiate contempt proceedings against the Centre for not constituting the Cauvery Management Board (CMB) within the stipulated period of six weeks.

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The court has reserved its order on the draft plan and the overall distribution. Attorney General K K Venugopal, appearing for the Centre, told the court that the Union has modified the provision of the scheme that had empowered it to pass directions from time to time with regard to water distribution.

The 2007 Cauvery Water Tribunal Award was modified and reaffirmed by the top court by its February 16 verdict.

The SC had also directed Centre to change the headquarters from Bengaluru to Delhi and also added that no more dams can be built across Cauvery river.

The central government had filed the draft scheme before the court on Monday. 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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