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Scorching summer in store, Supreme Court to hear contempt plea on May 3


Cauvery waters

New Delhi, As the nation heads into a scorching summer, the Supreme Court on Monday set May 3 as the date to hear a contempt plea in the Cauvery water dispute case, involving Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and the Union Territory of Puducherry. Sharing of waters of the Cauvery river has through the ages been the source of a serious conflict between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. The bench, headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and also comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, asked the Centre to file a detailed draft scheme on sharing of Cauvery river waters by that date. Hearing the contempt petition filed by Tamil Nadu government, the bench, headed by CJI Misra, said,' We would finalise the scheme.' The apex court also asked the competent authorities in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka to maintain peace in their states till it finalises the scheme for implementation of the judgment on the Cauvery water dispute issue. Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala and Puducherry, in the case involving Cauvery water dispute and sharing of river water, had filed their respective petitions before the Supreme Court seeking modification of the tribunal's 2007 final order. On March 22, the Kerala government had also filed a review petition in the case before the apex court .

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