Cauvery: SC rejects Karnataka's plea, tells CMB is final authority

Cauvery: SC rejects Karnataka’s plea, tells CMB is final authority

The Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected Karnataka’s plea to adjourn the hearing in the Cauvery water sharing case to July after it said that there was no government in the state.

Karnataka 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.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday laid down three major modifications to the Cauvery Scheme draft that was submitted by the Centre on May 14.

While there was no clarity in the nomenclature of the scheme in its draft, SC has asked Centre to change the name of the authority to Board. It has also directed Centre to change the headquarters from Bengaluru to Delhi.

Tamil Nadu had already said the draft scheme was a replica of the final award of the tribunal. Directing the Centre to file a reply on the submissions of the States, the apex court adjourned the case to today.

According to the Kerala government, the state gets 4% of the water and is expected to pay 15% of the cost towards the board. The top court also rejected these objections.

The government filed the draft scheme before the court on Monday outlining how it proposes to follow the court’s February judgment allocating the share of the waters of the Cauvery river to Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, weeks after being pulled up for failing to implement the court’s order.