The Haryana government on Thursday said here that no extra water was being released to Delhi above what was being released before the Delhi high court orders.
An official spokesman said that during the hearing on November 27, 2014, the high court had directed Delhi to close cut in the carrier-lined channel canal, and directed Haryana to supply the existing quantity of water through the Munak carrier-lined channel as an interim measure. The court had further given Delhi Jal Board two weeks to complete the work of connecting the Munak canal with Dwarka raw water pump house.
To pre-empt a court judgment on water sharing with Delhi in view of Article 262 of the Constitution and the interstate river water dispute Act, 1956; and for protecting the state interest, Haryana on December 8, 2014, filed a special leave petition (SLP) in the Supreme Court, which heard the matter on December 10, 2014 but refused to stay the Delhi high court order.
Subsequently, on December 15, 2014, the state government filed a counter affidavit in the Delhi high court, which heard it on December 19, 2014. Since the high court did not pass any order against the interests of Haryana; and since the apex court was not inclined to grant stay on proceedings in the Delhi high court on humanitarian grounds, the state decided to withdraw the SLP from the Supreme Court during the hearing on January 6, which the Supreme Court has permitted with the liberty to raise any questions of law later.