SC rejects Karnataka's plea against finalisation of Cauvery scheme

NEW DELHI: Karnataka, which is facing political uncertainty, on Wednesday made a failed bid to temporarily stall the finalisation of draft Cauvery management scheme, telling the Supreme Court that it could not give any suggestion as the process of government formation was on in the state.
A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra also asked the Centre, represented by Attorney General KK Venugopal, to “rectify” and “modify” certain provision of the draft scheme that authorises the Centre to issue directions “from time to time” on Cauvery water distribution between the four southern riparian states of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry.

The bench made it clear that the provision empowering the Centre to issue directions was “not in consonance with the judgment”.

The bench, also comprising Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud, rejected Karnataka’s submission that the draft scheme be finalised in the first week of July so that it will have the assistance and…

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