The Supreme Court has told the Centre to file an affidavit on the steps it proposes to take in framing a scheme to implement the Cauvery Waters verdict. It has also asked Karnataka to take instructions on the release of 2 TMC water fro April and May as fixed by the Cauvery Waters Tribunal.
When asked why the Centre had not come up with a scheme as yet, Attorney General, K K Venugopal said that the Prime Minister and ministers are all travelling. He also said that in the event of the Karnataka elections, the PM and ministers are travelling. Hence I am requesting you to post the case a day after the elections. Karnataka votes on May 12.
Tamil Nadu took objection to the AG's submission and said that there is no drinking water in the state. You had said everything was ready and we had believed you, the counsel appearing for Tamil Nadu said.
Earlier the Supreme Court directed the Union Government to file a draft solution in connection with the Cauvery Waters case. The court was hearing a contempt plea filed by the Tamil Nadu government against the Centre on the Cauvery issue.
The plea states that the Centre failed to set up the Cauvery Management Board before the said deadline. The SC on Monday told the Centre to file a draft scheme by May 3 on how to implement its order. The draft would comprise the Centre plans to take on the distribution of water between Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry.