Supreme Court to hear SYL canal issue today
The final hearing was put off after the Centre informed the court that a meeting of Punjab and Haryana has been convened by it on April 20 to resolve the matter.india Updated: Apr 27, 2017 10:42 IST
The Supreme Court will hear the Sutlej Yamuna Link (SYL) canal issue on Thursday.
The matter will be heard at 2 pm today.
On April 12, the apex court had adjourned the matter.
The final hearing was put off after the Centre informed the court that a meeting of Punjab and Haryana has been convened by it on April 20 to resolve the matter. The court, however, made it clear that if a solution was not found, it would proceed with the matter on the next date of hearing.
The bench, also comprising of justice Amitava Roy, considered the statement of solicitor general, Ranjeet Kumar and deferred the hearing in the case.
Earlier this month, the apex court refused to hear the Punjab government’s plea to adjourn the SYL canal matter till the election results were announced and posted the matter for further hearing till February 22.
Senior lawyer Ram Jethmalani, appearing for the Punjab government, sought an adjournment which the top court refused.
A bench headed by justice Pinaki Chandra Ghosh refused the plea and asked, “What has the Supreme Court to do with the election results?”
In January, the apex court asked both the Haryana and Punjab Governments to file their replies on the issue within three weeks.
The Punjab government had earlier sought more time from the court to file a detailed reply on the same.
A bench of the court headed by Justice Ghosh and Justice Amitava Roy granted the decision.
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 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 the Ravi-Beas river waters.
The court ruling was also followed by resignations of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president Captain Amarinder Singh and state Congress MLAs.