Cauvery: Centre seeks time, Tamil du for contempt action

New Delhi, March 31: In a bid to buy time, the Central government on Saturday moved the Supreme Court filing a clarification petition and asking for three months for implementing its judgment in view of the May assembly elections in Kartaka while the Tamil du government sought contempt proceedings against the Centre for its failure to constitute Cauvery Magement Board (CMB) and Cauvery Water Regulation Committee (CWRC) as directed by the top court. The top court by its February 16 judgment had directed the Centre to constitute within six weeks the Cauvery Magement Board and Cauvery Water Regulation Committee for the implementation of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribul Award for which the deadline expired on Friday. The Centre felt that constitution of a scheme under Section 6(A) of the Inter-state River Waters Disputes Act and notification during the assembly election process would lead to massive public outrage, vitiate election process and cause serious law and order problems. But Tamil du said the Central government was deliberately delaying the implementation of the court order and contempt proceedings should be initiated against it. “Initiate contempt proceedings against respondents (the central government) for willful disobedience in carrying out clear mandate set out in para 403 of the judgment passed by the honourable court dated 16-02-2018,” the Tamil du contempt plea said. (IANS)