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PM Modi Busy With Karnataka Polls, SC Raps Centre For Delay In Cauvery Settlement 

Release water or face consequences, top court tells Karnataka govt.

The Supreme Court on Thursday asked the Karnataka government to give 4 tmc of water to Tamil Nadu, ANI reported. The apex court also directed the Centre to file an affidavit in the matter. The apex court bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra warned the Karnataka government of “serious consequences” if it did not release the water.

“The Prime Minister is busy with polls, he needs more time,” Attorney General KK Venugopal informed the Supreme Court when asked if Centre had completed formulating the scheme for monitoring the release of water to Tamil Nadu. The Centre was to file an affidavit by Tuesday stating the steps taken to frame the scheme.

The top court expressed its frustration with the Centre citing Karnataka polls as the reason for the delay.

“We are not bothered about the polls. The scheme should have been framed by now. States have no role in this,”  the Chief Justice said, according to an NDTV report.

Meanwhile, a Tamil Nadu farmer climbed up a tree in the Supreme Court premises today during a protest demanding the formation of Cauvery Management Board.

The next date of hearing is May 8.

On Wednesday, the Centre made an attempt to file an application seeking two weeks’ time to frame a draft scheme for the formation of Cauvery Management Board (CMB). However, Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Kanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud turned down the request.

Earlier, the court had directed Centre to formulate a scheme to ensure compliance of its 465-page judgement on the Cauvery dispute.

On February 16, SC directed Karnataka to release 177.25 tmc feet of water, instead of 192 tmc feet to Tamil Nadu.
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