CHENNAI: Taking exception to the clarification petition filed by the Central government before the Supreme Court, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami said the petition goes against the past verdicts of the SC on Cauvery dispute as well as the orders of the Cauvery tribunal.
In a statement here, he said he had instructed the counsel for the State government to argue before the Supreme Court to reject the petition at the admission stage itself and seek directives to the Centre for constituting the Cauvery Management Board (CMB) and Cauvery Water Regulation Committee immediately.
Reacting to the clarification sought by the Centre after the six-week deadline to form the Cauvery board was over, Palaniswami said, “The Centre should have sought this clarification just after the SC pronounced its verdict on February 16. He said he had advised the counsel to pray the SC to take up the contempt petition filed against the Central government on April 2 itself. He also asserted that the AIADMK government would continue to take all steps to establish Tamil Nadu’s rights on Cauvery water as well as the rights of farmers.
Tracing the developments on Cauvery issue in the past two decades, the Chief Minister said after the tribunal gave its final award on February 5, 2007, the then DMK government literally did nothing to get it notified in the Union Gazette despite repeated requests made by the late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa to do so.
After a long legal battle, the final award was notified in the Union Gazette on February 20, 2013. Later, on February 16 this year, the SC gave its final verdict and directed that a scheme should be framed for the constitution of CMB within six weeks.
Despite many efforts, the board was not formed and the government, after consulting legal experts decided to wait till the deadline was over Though AIADMK MPs stalled the proceedings of Lok Sabha for 17 days, the board was not formed. At a high-level meeting on March 29, it was decided to file a contempt petition against the Centre over the issue.