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17 May 2018, 02:27 | Erica Roy
Governance SC rejects Karnataka’s plea to stall finalisation of draft Cauvery scheme
PTI 16 May 2018
At the outset the 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 headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra asked Attorney General K K Venugopal to modify the scheme and submit it for approval on Thursday.
The Karnataka government has objected to the Centre's draft, contending it got only 4% of the water but was expected to contribute 15% of the cost towards the Cauvery Management Board (CMB). The court ordered the Centre to "rectify the draft scheme".
"We need to examine whether the said scheme is in consonance with our (February 16) judgment", the bench, which also comprised Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud, had said.
"All the states concerned are making submissions to the draft scheme".
On May 14, the Centre had submitted a draft scheme on the sharing of Cauvery water between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, after several delays and warnings from the court.
Mr Naphade opposed the suggestion and said "Constitution does not contemplate a vacuum and it is wrong to say that there is no government in Karnataka now".
The CMB would be headquartered in Delhi while the office of the regulatory authority would be in Bengaluru.
The Supreme Court Thursday reserved its order on finalisation of the Cauvery Management Scheme which will deal with the smooth distribution of water among four southern riparian states.
The court said the Central government would only be issuing administrative directions for implementing the award. The Centre had faced severe flak from political parties in Tamil Nadu for missing its six-week deadline.
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