Supreme Court reserves verdict on Centre's draft scheme for Cauvery water management

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In the plea, In the plea Karnataka asked the top court to adjourn the hearing as there was no government in the state.

The apex court also asked the Centre to modify a provision in the draft Cauvery management scheme that authorises the Union Government to issue directions "from time to time" on Cauvery water distribution between four southern riparian States, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala and Puducherry.

"We only wanted to know whether the draft scheme is in consonance with the February 16 verdict".

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While Tamil Nadu has insisted on calling the scheme the Cauvery Management Board, the Centre maintained that it was fine with any nomenclature- Board, Authority or Committee. The top court also rejected these objections. He said the Centre's draft scheme did not take this into account.

The SC bench did not heed submissions of senior advocate Shyam Divan, who was representing Karnataka, that finalisation of the draft Cauvery scheme be put on hold till the first week of July as the process of government formation was underway in the state. The Central government filed the draft scheme on Monday outlying its proposal to follow the Court's February judgement allocating the share of the wasters of the Cauvery River, weeks after being rapped for failing to implement the court's order. The court had assured Tamil Nadu that it will ensure that the state gets its due allocation of the Cauvery water when the case was mentioned for an urgent hearing. The Supreme Court had earlier pulled up the Centre for failing to implement the court's order. However, the Centre failed to set up the board within the deadline, which triggered protests in Tamil Nadu.

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