New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday (August 2) suggested “mediation” to Andhra Pradesh and Telangana for settling their dispute over sharing of Krishna river water, saying it did not want to interfere “unnecessarily”.
A bench headed by Chief Justice NV Ramana was hearing the plea of Andhra Pradesh which has alleged that Telangana has deprived it of its legitimate share of drinking and irrigation water.
“I don’t want to hear this matter legally. I belong to both the states. If the matter can be settled in mediation, please do that. We can help with that. Otherwise I will transfer this to another bench,” the CJI, who hails from Andhra Pradesh, observed during the hearing.
“I wish that both of you (lawyers representing the two states) convince your governments and settle the matter. We do not want to interfere unnecessarily,” said the CJI who was heading the bench also comprising Justice Surya Kant.
Senior advocate Dushyant Dave, appearing for Andhra Pradesh along with lawyer Mahfooz Ahsan Nazki, sought time for seeking instruction. The bench kept the plea for further consideration on Wednesday.
In July, Andhra Pradesh government moved the SC claiming that Telangana refused to follow the decisions taken by the Apex Council constituted under the Andhra Pradesh Reorganization Act, 2014, the directions of Krishna River Management Board (KRMB) formed under this Act, and the Centre’s directives.
The petition also said the fundamental rights including right to life of the people living in Andhra Pradesh was “seriously impaired and infringed” upon as they were being deprived of their “legitimate share of water” due to “unconstitutional, illegal and unjust” acts of the Telangana government.
The petition urged the top court to direct the Centre to take control of the common reservoirs of Srisailam, Nagarjunasagar and also Pulichintala reservoirs along with all their outlets and operate them as per the rules in vogue as per the binding award.
(With inputs from PTI)