The apex court had in its December order stated that it had jurisdiction over hearing pleas from states on the issue.

Cauvery dispute SC orders Ktaka to continue releasing 2000 cusecs of water to TN until Feb 7
news Cauvery Dispute Wednesday, January 04, 2017 - 19:44

The Supreme Court ordered the Karnataka government to continue releasing 2,000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu every day until the Supreme Court decides on the tribunal’s order.

In its order on Wednesday, the apex court said that it will conduct a day-to-day hearing on the appeals filed by Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala against the Cauvery Water Dispute Tribunal’s final order on the issue of water sharing.

A bench of Justices Deepak Misra, Amitava Roy and AM Khanwilkar restated its October 18, 2016 order and said that it would remain until further orders and set the final date for hearing the pleas on February 7, a Deccan Chronicle report said.

Wednesday’s order came after the apex court on December 9, 2016 said that it had jurisdiction over hearing pleas from states on the issue.

The Centre had argued that the parliamentary law of Inter-State Water Disputes Act of 1956, coupled with Article 262 (2) of the Indian Constitution, excluded the Supreme Court from hearing or deciding any appeals against the Cauvery Tribunal’s decision. 

The Centre argued that the tribunal’s decision in this regard was final. The responsibility to formulate schemes lay with the government, after which it would be placed before both the houses for its approval, the centre said.