K’taka’s plea to stall finalisation of draft Cauvery scheme rejected by SC

K’taka’s plea to stall finalisation of draft Cauvery scheme rejected by SC

K’taka’s plea to stall finalisation of draft Cauvery scheme rejected by SC

“The government formation is going on. We too want to give suggestions on the draft scheme like the other States. You deferred the case many a time for the Centre. If that had not happened, we would not have been in this situation now. This scheme will be effective on us for 15 years. We have a right to say something. Stand this over till the first week of July,” Mr. Divan told the court.

K’taka’s plea to stall finalisation of draft Cauvery scheme rejected by SC

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday refused Karnataka’s repeated pleas to stall the Cauvery scheme framed by the Centre till the dust settles on the government formation in the State.

The uncertainty about Karnataka’s future government made its presence felt in the courtroom when senior advocate Shyam Divan, for the State, asked the apex court to postpone the hearing to July first week.

“The government formation is going on. We too want to give suggestions on the draft scheme like the other States. You deferred the case many a time for the Centre. If that had not happened, we would not have been in this situation now. This scheme will be effective on us for 15 years. We have a right to say something. Stand this over till the first week of July,” Mr. Divan told the court.

Senior counsel for Tamil Nadu, Shekhar Naphade, protested. He said the Constitution does not contemplate a vacuum and it is wrong to say that there is no government in Karnataka now. Mr. Naphade said the court cannot wait till July as the first release of water from Cauvery is scheduled in June.

The Supreme Court paid no heed to Mr. Divan and went ahead to sift the inputs from the States of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Union Territory of Puducherry. It agreed to four changes suggested by the States in the draft Cauvery management scheme of 2018.