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