Supreme Court to hear Sutlej Yamuna Link Canal case today

The Supreme Court will resume hearing the Sutlej Yamuna Link Canal issue involving the states of Punjab and Haryana.

Published: 02nd March 2017 09:31 AM  |   Last Updated: 02nd March 2017 09:31 AM   |  A+A-

File picture of the Sutlej-Yamuna link (SYL) canal


NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday will resume hearing the Sutlej Yamuna Link(SYL) Canal issue involving the states of Punjab and Haryana.

Earlier, the apex court had refused to hear the Punjab Government's plea seeking to adjourn the matter till the state elections results are announced. 

Senior lawyer Ram Jethmalani, appearing for the Punjab government, sought an adjournment after March 11, to which the top court refused.

On January 17, the apex court had asked both the Haryana and Punjab Governments to file their respective replies on the issue within three weeks.

The apex court had in November last year, termed the law passed by the Punjab government in 2004 to terminate the SYL canal water sharing agreement with neighbouring states as 'unconstitutional'.

Holding that the Punjab Termination of Agreement Act, 2004 was not being in conformity with the provisions of the Constitution, the top court answered in the negative to all the four questions referred to it in a presidential reference.

A constitution bench of the court ruled that Punjab could not and should not have taken a 'unilateral' decision to terminate the agreement with Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Jammu and Kashmir, Delhi and Chandigarh to share of the Ravi-Beas river waters.


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