New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday reserved its order on whether the appeals against the 2007 Cauvery Tribunal award are to be allowed.
A bench comprising justices Dipak Misra, Amitava Roy and A.M. Khanwilkar hinted that the order could be pronounced in two weeks.
In 2007, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala filed appeals against the verdict of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal. The award was notified by the government in 2013.
On Tuesday, the Centre opposed the appeals saying that the constitution expressly ousts the jurisdiction of the apex court in interstate river water disputes.
“The Constitution has totally ousted the jurisdiction of the apex court for inter-state river water disputes,” the government’s top law officer, Mukul Rohatgi, told the court.
Karnataka had contested the final verdict of the disputes tribunal, arguing a major share of the water will go to Tamil Nadu, leaving almost six Karnataka districts, including Bengaluru, without enough water for drinking and farming.
Tamil Nadu’s claims are based on agreements executed between the then governments of Mysore and Madras in 1892 and 1924, which the tribunal states cannot be held as “invalid”.
Meanwhile, the interim order of the court on water release directing Karnataka to release 2,000 cusecs of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu per day will continue till further orders.