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SC rejects K'taka's plea to stall finalisation of draft Cauvery scheme

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The today rejected Karnataka's that finalisation of the draft Cauvery management scheme should be put on hold as the process of formation of a new government in the state is underway.

The apex court also asked the Centre to modify a provision in the draft Cauvery management scheme that authorises the to issue directions "from time to time" on Cauvery water distribution between four southern riparian states, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, and Puducherry.

A bench headed by asked K K Venugopal to modify the scheme and submit it for approval tomorrow.

The bench, also comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, did not accept the vehement submission of Shyam Divan, representing Karnataka, that the finalisation of the draft Cauvery scheme be put on hold till the first week of July as the process of government formation was on in the state.

"All the states concerned are making submissions to the draft scheme. I am requesting for adjournment till first week of July as I do not have the assistance and instruction from the council of ministers of Karnataka," Divan said.

"It was the Centre which has to set up the draft scheme," the court said while rejecting Karnataka's

The bench has now fixed the matter for tomorrow to consider the modified draft scheme, which will ensure compliance of the February 16 apex court judgment relating to Cauvery water distribution among four states.

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First Published: Wed, May 16 2018. 13:05 IST