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Supreme Court to hear contempt plea against Badals on SYL

Supreme Court to hear contempt plea against Badals on SYL

bacha-badal-and-daddy-badalNew Delhi : The Supreme Court will hear a plea seeking criminal contempt proceedings against Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal for their public pronouncements that they will not comply with the top court’s verdict on SYL.
A bench of Chief Justice T.S. Thakur and Justice D.Y.Chandrachud said that the matter would be heard in due course as counsel Rakesh Dahiya, appearing for the petitioner Satbir Hooda, mentioned the matter for an early hearing.
With an eye on Punjab elections scheduled for early next year, both Akalis led by Badals and Congress by Capt. Amarinder Singh are engaged in upstaging each other in political rhetoric after the top court on November 10 in its advisory opinion had held that the Punjab Termination of Agreement Act, 2004, was not in conformity with the provisions of the Constitution and thus unconstitutional.
The Supreme Court had ruled that Punjab has no right to unilaterally terminate the Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) Canal water sharing agreement with neighbouring states.
Soon after the apex court advisory opinion on the Presidential reference, the Punjab cabinet on November 15 de-notified the land acquired for the Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal nearly four decades back. The Punjab government has made it clear that it would not spare even a drop of Ravi and Beas rivers’ water for Haryana.
In March this year, the Punjab assembly had “unanimously” passed a bill to return the land acquired for the construction of the SYL canal.
The top court had on March 17 ordered status quo on the SYL and appointed the Union Home Secretary as well as the Punjab Chief Secretary and Director General of Police as receiver of the canal and assets associated with it.
However, the top court’s constitution bench refused to extend the March 17 interim order after giving its advisory opinion on the Presidential reference on the constitutionality of the Punjab Termination of Agreement Act, 2004.
The constitution bench had said that it could not say anything further on the interim order as after giving its advisory opinion, nothing survives before it.

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