New 3-judge bench of Supreme Court to hear Cauvery matter today

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New Delhi, Oct 18: A day after the Cauvery technical committee submitted its report on the Cauvery water issue to the Supreme Court, a new Bench will be taking up the matter for hearing.

The three-judge Bench will comprise Justices Dipak Mishra, Amitava Roy and A M Khanwilkar. After the counsels representing both Karnataka and Tamil Nadu suggested that the matter be heard by a three-judge Bench, the new bench was formed.

Cauvery: 3 judge bench to hear matter

The Bench will consider all issues pending before the Supreme Court regarding the Cauvery waters dispute. It will take up the report filed by the technical committee as well as hear the special leave petition filed against the verdict of the Cauvery Waters Tribunal.

On October 4, when the matter was last heard, the Bench comprising Justices Dipak Mishra and U U Lalit were told that the SLP was being heard by a three-judge bench.

The Bench was also informed that a three-judge Bench was seized of this matter. The counsels also pointed out that a new bench was hearing a matter pertaining to the constitution of the Cauvery Management Board.

The Attorney General had submitted that a decision on the board cannot be taken by the Supreme Court. He pointed out that such issues fell under the purview of the legislature and hence the court should not interfere in the matter.

Karnataka too had opposed the constitution of a Cauvery Management Board.

On Monday, the technical committee submitted its report to the Supreme Court in which it said that the water situation in both the states was very grim. The plight of the farmers in both the states too have been taken into consideration.

In the absence of required water, the labour employment for farming and fishing is also limited thus creating a scenario of unemployment and financial hardship to them, the committee stated in its report.

Further the committee said that the standing crops in both states were badly affected. Sugarcane farming in both states needs to be discouraged. The situation is grim in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. Mandya district is the worst affected and it has witnessed many suicides, the report also stated.

Both states need to appreciate the interest of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry in protecting their established irrigation and Karnataka's aspirations for development respectively and should educate their people accordingly, the report mentions.

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