SC pulls up Centre over Krishna water plea

SC pulls up Centre over Krishna water plea

The Supreme Court on Thursday asked the Centre to make a categorical stand on Telangana’s plea for fresh determination of the Krishna river water after the Union government’s cousel dithered while initially claiming the minister concerned has taken a decision to refer the matter to the tribunal.

A bench of Justices Dipak Misra and Prafulla C Pant pulled up the Union Government.
The bench noted that it had failed to file its response to the plea made by newly-carved Telangana state.

After hearing for a while senior advocate C S Vaidyanathan on behalf of Telangana, the court asked senior advocate V Mohana, representing the Union government, as to why there was no affidavit on the part of the Union government on the petition.

“This is very serious issue, you have not filed your response despite the notice,” the bench told the counsel, asking her to clarify by its position.

The counsel went out of the court room to take instruction.
She later informed the court that the Union Minister for Water Resources has taken a decision on Thursday to refer the complaint of Telangana of July 14, 2014 to the tribunal.  
However, she submitted that she does not know the exact nature of the decision taken.  
On this, the bench accordingly adjourned the matter to December 8.

During the hearing, Vaidyanathan contended its claim for fair share has so far not been adjudicated by the Krishna Water Dispute Tribunal, affecting the need of the state and making inhabitants to suffer.

Abjudication by tribunal
“It is a matter of justiciable dispute to be adjudicated by the tribunal,” he submitted.
Maharashtra and Karnataka had claimed that Telangana’s interest were earlier represented by the undivided Andhra Pradesh.

They also claimed that there cannot be any new proceedings for fresh allocation of the water.

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