Centre, Tamil Nadu move SC on Cauvery Management Board issue

by Abel Hampton April 1, 2018, 4:09
Centre, Tamil Nadu move SC on Cauvery Management Board issue

"Initiate contempt proceedings against respondents (the central government) for willful disobedience in carrying out clear mandate set out in para 403 of the judgment passed by the honourable court dated 16-02-2018", the contempt plea filed by Tamil Nadu read.

The Tamil Nadu government has chose to file a contempt petition in the Supreme Court on Saturday against the Centre for not constituting a Cauvery Management Board (CMB) to aid and supervise the sharing of the river water among the riparian states of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry.

The Centre felt that constitution of a scheme under Section 6 (A) of the Inter-state River Waters Disputes Act and notification during the assembly election process would lead to massive public outrage, vitiate election process and cause serious law and order problems.

The Centre has also expressed concern that due to divergent views expressed by the four governments, including Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, it believes that any scheme framed by it in consonance with the court's order may again be legally challenged by them.

The apex court on February 16 had ordered the Central Government to set up the CMB and the Cauvery Water Regulatory Committee within six weeks.

Members of the Tamizhaga Vazhvurimai Katchi staged a protest in front of Ega Cinemas in Chennai, demanding the formation of Cauvery Water Management Board.

The DMK and sidelined AIADMK leader TTV Dhinakaran also condemned the central government for not implementing the order. "I appeal to party cadres, people and farmers to take part in the protest in huge numbers", OPS concluded. AIADMK coordinator and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam made the announcement on hunger strike while chairing a mass wedding function organised by the party at Madurai along with Palaniswami, also the party co-ordinator.

In its judgment on petitions by Karnataka and Tamil Nadu over the final order of the Cauvery water disputes tribunal apportioning the water among the riparian states, the apex court had raised the 270 tmcft share of Karnataka by 14.75 tmcft and reduced Tamil Nadu's share.

With the deadline running out on March 29 without the Centre setting up the system for water sharing, he had discussed the issue with senior ministers and secretaries on further course of action, he said.

The apex court had given the Centre six weeks to form the Board.

Thursday's meeting was held following the end of a six-week deadline given by the Supreme Court to the Centre to formulate a scheme on the Cauvery dispute.

Karnataka has opposed constitution of the CMB and sought some alternative mechanism in place of any such board for complying with the scheme to implement the verdict.

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