The Supreme Court today refused the Central government’s request to allow it to frame a Cauvery water sharing scheme three months later, after the May 12 Karnataka Assembly elections.
A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misrasaid it had considered the award of Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal (CWDT) while deciding the water share of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala and Puducherry in its judgement.
The bench, also comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, said that its judgment has to be complied with all the stakeholders.
The Centre, which is up against a plea from Tamil Nadu for contempt of court, agreed to file a draft scheme implementing the court’s February 16 judgment for allocation of Cauvery water among Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and the Union Territory of Puducherry.
Chief Justice Dipak Misra asked the people of both Karnataka and Tamil Nadu to maintain peace and not resort to violence “so that the court can put its final stamp on the scheme.” “Please tell your people, when the matter is before us, they must cooperate,” he said.
The top court had on February 16 raised the 270 tmcft share of Cauvery water for Karnataka by 14.75 tmcft and reduced Tamil Nadu’s share, while compensating it by allowing extraction of 10 tmcft groundwater from the river basin, saying the issue of drinking water has to be placed on a “higher pedestal”.