This Article is From May 03, 2018

PM Busy With Karnataka Polls, Says Centre After Top Court's Cauvery Order

Cauvery dispute: Karnataka has been asked to release four TMC (thousand million cubic feet) of water to Tamil Nadu for May.

Cauvery row: On delay in implementing scheme, centre told court PM Modi was busy with Karnataka polls

Highlights

  • Top court rebuked centre for asking for more time
  • Karnataka has been asked to release four TMC water to Tamil Nadu
  • Court asked centre to share steps taken to frame water release scheme
New Delhi:

Karnataka was asked today by the Supreme Court to "be ready to release Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu or face the consequences". The top court also rebuked the centre for asking for more time to act on Cauvery river sharing on grounds that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and ministers were busy with the May 12 Karnataka polls.

Karnataka has been asked to release four TMC (thousand million cubic feet) of water to Tamil Nadu for May.

Asking for 10 more days till the next hearing, the central government told the court that "the PM and ministers are busy in Karnataka polls and can't approve the scheme for releasing water to Tamil Nadu, as directed."

The court had directed the centre to inform it by next Tuesday what steps were taken to frame the scheme for monitoring the release of water to Tamil Nadu.

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Karnataka told by top court to be ready to release Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu or face consequences

"You are supposed to frame the scheme," Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra told the centre's lawyer KK Venugopal sternly.

The Attorney General replied that the draft for the scheme was "pending with the cabinet" as the "PM and ministers are in Karnataka."

He also said Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, wanted ministers to be involved in the scheme instead of experts. "We are not bothered about the polls. The scheme should have been framed by now.  States have no role in this," replied the Chief Justice.

Tamil Nadu accused the centre of "politicizing the issue" and worrying more about the elections in Karnataka. "Centre doesn't want to frame the scheme now.  This is the end of cooperative federal politics. What do we tell the people of Tamil Nadu?" said the state.

Earlier this month, the centre was reprimanded by the Supreme Court for ignoring its February order for a regulatory body that would monitor the release of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu by Karnataka.

The judges suggested that the centre was acting in guile. "The centre knows what the scheme means," the judges said.