Supreme Court refuses to defer Cauvery trials on account of government formation

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Venugopal submitted the modified draft scheme and stated that the duties of the central government to provide assistance to the concerned states.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra would examine the scheme to ensure smooth water distribution among the four southern riparian states.

The Supreme Court rejected Karnataka's plea to put hearings in the Cauvery water sharing case on hold on grounds that there was no government in the state following Assembly election results.

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The Kerala government has also raised objection on the draft scheme. The Centre has ignored the directive given in the Cauvery Tribunal's final award that the CMB should be an independent body. "Centre has to understand our judgement better".

However, the Centre failed to submit any scheme related to the distribution of Cauvery water within the given time.

According to a report published in Hindustan Times, the Kerala government has also demanded that the control of dams and reservoirs should lie with the states as opposed to the Cauvery Management Board.

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The Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected Karnataka's plea to defer finalisation of the draft scheme on Cauvery water management since formation of a new government was pending.

The CMB would be headquartered in Delhi while the office of the regulatory authority would be in Bengaluru. However, the rules under the draft scheme are not in consonance with the legal position.

Karnataka and Tamil Nadu have fought over the river for more than a century now. In its verdict on February 16, the Supreme Court had reduced Tamil Nadu's share of water from the river Cauvery while Karnataka's part got a boost.

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