Supreme Court admits Telangana government's plea on Krishna redistribution

Maharashtra government counsel has objected to the petition
Hyderabad: A Supreme Court Bench comprising Justice A.K. Sikri and Justice R.F. Nariman on Friday admitted Special Leave Petition filed by the TS government seeking direction to the Centre to refer its petition to Justice Brijesh Kumar Tribunal to take up redistribution of Krishna waters among four riparian states.
The Bench directed the registry to tag the petition to the three-member Bench headed by Justice Deepak Misra, which has already taken up hearing on a batch of petitions filed by the riparian states.
Representing TS, counsel Vaidyanathan submitted that after formation of Telangana state last year, the state government has filed a complaint with the Centre under Section 3 of Inter State River Water Disputes Act to constitute a Tribunal to address the distribution of Krishna Waters among the riparian states afresh.
“Since the Union government had not acted on the complaint filed by the TS government on 14 July last year and a year has lapsed, the TS government now had to move apex court to get justice,” Mr Vaidyanathan submitted.
However, Maharashtra government counsel has objected to the petition and told the court that the matter is already under examination by the three-member bench headed by Justice Deepak Misra and urged the court to dismiss the SLP. The bench observed that it would be better that the SLP filed by TS be also admitted and referred to the-three member bench.
Maharashtra and Karnataka governments have concluded their arguments on the batch of petitions filed before the bench headed by Justice Misra and TS and AP governments are due to present their final arguments on Aug. 26 and 27 and again on Sept. 9 and 10.
( Source : deccan chronicle )
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