Tamil Nadu today approached the Supreme Court seeking contempt action against the Centre for “willful disobedience” in carrying out the mandate of the apex court on constituting the Cauvery Management Board for which the six-week deadline expired on Friday.
In the 49 pages petition filed by the Tamil Nadu government it has been stated that the Central government has insulted the Supreme Court’s verdict to constitute the Cauvery Water Management Board within six weeks time and has asked the Court to take action against the Union Ministry of Water Resources’ Secretary.
Meanwhile, in its petition, the Central government has sought three months time to constitute the Cauvery Water Management Board.
It said: “Since election has been announced in Karnataka, the code of Conduct is in place. Cavuery is a very emotive issue in Karanataka and in the past the issue has led to avoidable loss of human lives and properties. If the Central government were to constitute a scheme under 6A of ISRWD, ACT 1956 and notify it during the currency of the State Vidhan Sabha election process, the Central government fears that it would lead to massive public outrage, vitiate election process and cause serious law and order problems.”
The application filed by Tamil Nadu also wanted the court to direct the Centre to purge the contempt forthwith by framing a scheme in accordance with the February 16 judgment of the apex court by providing for Cauvery Management Board and Cauvery Water Regulation Committee vested with all powers to give effect to the decision of the tribunal as well as the judgment of the top court.
“Initiate contempt proceedings against respondents (the central government) for willful disobedience in carrying out clear mandate set out in para 403 of the judgment passed by the honourable court dated 16-02-2018 in civil appeal number 2453 of 2007 and connected appeals,” it added.