Press Esc to close
Sunday 29 March 2015
News updated at 9:33 PM IST
Weather
Max: 33.9°C
Min : 20.1°C
In Bengaluru
Sunny day

Apex court slams govt for failing to provide house to tribunal chief

NEW DELHI, Oct 30, 2012, DHNS:

The Supreme Court on Tuesday reiterated its displeasure at the Centre’s failure to allocate a government bungalow to the Chairman of Mahadayi Inter-State Water Dispute Tribunal, despite its availability.

A bench of Justices R M Lodha and A R Dave gave time to Attorney General G E Vahanvati to settle the issue after he promised to personally take up the matter with higher authorities.The court wanted to know what came in the way of the government making the allocation after being notified that four bungalows were available in Type VIII category.

The bench reminded the Centre that they had passed an order and yet the government kept taking “shelter” under policy.“We have already held that policy cannot override statutes,” the court said, adding that the Rules framed under Section 13 of the Inter-State River Water Disputes Tribunal, 1956 explicitly made provision for accommodation for the chairman.

The court on October 1, had given the Centre four weeks time to file an affidavit giving details of the number of bungalows available under  Types VII and VIII.

“Some more time has been sought for filing the affidavit but we are not convinced by the request. We asked the Attorney General to appear. It has been brought to our notice that the Secretary to the Union Government had prepared the affidavit and verified it on October 15 but could not file it,” the court noted, posting the matter for further hearing to November 5.The court was unhappy with a letter written by the directorate of estate, Water Resources Ministry on April 20 this year stating that according to policy, the tribunal chairman and members were not eligible for accommodation under general pool. 

The court was hearing an interim application filed by advocate A Subhashini on behalf of Goa, pointing out that non-availability of accommodation had affected the functioning of the tribunal headed by former SC judge Justice J M Panchal.


Go to Top

Photo Gallery
A boy jumps from a raft into the Sabarmati river to cool off on a hot day...

A boy jumps from a raft into the Sabarmati river to cool off on a hot day...

Christian devotees during a procession as they celebrate 'Palm Sunday' in Bhopal on Sunday...

Christian devotees during a procession as they celebrate 'Palm Sunday' in Bhopal on Sunday...

Goats fighting on compound wall in Bengaluru on Sunday...

Goats fighting on compound wall in Bengaluru on Sunday...

A salvaged bank partially under water at Badshah Chowk after the city received rainfall in Srinagar.

A salvaged bank partially under water at Badshah Chowk after the city received rainfall in Srinagar.

Femina Miss India World 2015...

Femina Miss India World 2015...

Eunuch dance at a procession during All India Eunuch Conference in Beawar...

Eunuch dance at a procession during All India Eunuch Conference in Beawar...

A man pulls his camel as he sits in an auto rickshaw during a dust storm in Ahmedabad...

A man pulls his camel as he sits in an auto rickshaw during a dust storm in Ahmedabad...

New Zealand players congratulate the Australian team following their seven wicket win...

New Zealand players congratulate the Australian team following their seven wicket win...

Australian captain Michael Clarke celebrates  seven wicket victory over New Zealand...

Australian captain Michael Clarke celebrates seven wicket victory over New Zealand...

Australia's captain Michael Clarke holds the Cricket World Cup trophy after they defeated...

Australia's captain Michael Clarke holds the Cricket World Cup trophy after they defeated...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523