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Centre In 'Sheer Contempt' Of February Judgement On Cauvery Water Sharing: SC

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| May 8 , 2018 , 15:22 IST

The Supreme Court on Tuesday reprimanded the Centre for not framing the Cauvery water sharing scheme for water distribution between Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala and Puducherry, saying that the Centre is in "sheer contempt" of the SC directive on the matter given in February.

"We do not want to come back to square one. Once judgement has been delivered, it has to be implemented," the top court told the Centre.

The apex court also ordered that the Union water resources secretary be personally present during the next hearing on May 14 along with a draft scheme for the Cauvery water sharing mechanism.

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On February 16, a 3-judge bench of the Supreme Court had pronounced its judgement on the Cauvery water dispute between of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala and Puducherry, directing Karnataka to release 177.25 TMC of water, instead of the 192 TMC to Tamil Nadu. The Supreme Court also directed the Centre to constitute a Cauvery Management Board (CMB) in 6 weeks.

The Centre is yet to form the CMB, despite being directed by the Supreme Court to do so and being reminded by the apex court to constitute the CMB by May 3. Meanwhile, the Karnataka government on Monday filed an affidavit with the apex court claiming that it was not in a position to release any more water to Tamil Nadu.

Extensive protests took place in Tamil Nadu in March-April over the delay in the formation of the Cauvery Management Board, which Tamil Nadu leaders blamed on the impending Karnataka polls, saying that the BJP-led Centre did not want to constitute the CMB until after the May 12 polls end.