Cauvery management scheme: Supreme Court reserves order

State BJP president Tamilisai Soundararajan distributes sweets at her office on Tuesday following victory in Karnataka elections

CJI refused the plea of senior counsel Shyam Divan to defer the hearing till July as the government formation in Karnataka is yet to take place.

A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and D.Y. Chandrachud adjourned the matter till Thursday for further hearing on the Centre's scheme for implementation of the February 16 judgment of the apex court on the allocation of water.

The top court had yesterday asked the Centre to to "rectify" and "modify" certain provision of the draft scheme that authorises the Centre to issue directions "from time to time" on Cauvery water distribution among the four riparian states of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday had directed Centre to make a few modifications to the draft it had submitted on May 14.

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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.

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

The Karnataka government has objected to the control of reservoirs and said that it should lie with the state, not CMB. The government filed the draft scheme before on Monday outlining its proposal to follow the court's February judgment allocating the share of the waters of the Cauvery river, weeks after being pulled up for failing to implement the court's order. "If it goes to July then Tamil Nadu will not be getting water in June".

Karnataka and Tamil Nadu have fought over the river for more than a century now.

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