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

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"We need to examine whether the said scheme is in consonance with our (February 16) judgment", the bench, which also comprised Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud, had said.

After a day of hectic developments, Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala on Wednesday night invited Mr Yeddyurappa to form the next Government and granted him 15 days time to prove his majority in the State Assembly.

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 court had yesterday thrown out the government's appeal for another delay, citing elections in Karnataka, and had ordered that the draft be submitted in 24 hours.

The Supreme Court Thursday reserved its order on finalisation of the Cauvery Management Scheme which will deal with the smooth distribution of water among four southern riparian states. Attorney General K K Venugopal, appearing for the Centre, told the court that the Union has modified the provision of the scheme that had empowered it to pass directions from time to time with regard to water distribution.

The central government had filed the draft scheme before the court on Monday. "If it goes to July then Tamil Nadu will not be getting water in June". The Supreme Court had earlier pulled up the Centre for failing to implement the court's order.

"All of us saw how Prime Minister Narendra Modi misused the office of Governor in Tamil Nadu".

On February 16, the Supreme Court awarded its final verdict on the Cauvery water-sharing dispute, directing the Centre to frame a scheme within 6 weeks of the verdict.