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Supreme Court asks Delhi, Haryana, Centre to hold meeting

PTI
Published : Apr 24, 2018, 3:15 am IST
Updated : Apr 24, 2018, 3:15 am IST

“In the garb of a judicial order, they (Delhi) want Haryana to part with its share of water,” the counsel claimed.

Supreme Court of India (Photo: Asian Age)
 Supreme Court of India (Photo: Asian Age)

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Mon-day directed the chief secretaries of Delhi and Haryana and the secretary of the ministry of water resources to hold a meeting immediately to discuss and sort out the issues relating to the supply of Yamuna river water to the national capital.

The apex court said this after chief secretaries of Delhi and Haryana, who were both present in the court during the hearing, raised some issues regarding the minutes of the meeting held earlier between them.

 

While Delhi chief secretary Anshu Prakash told a bench comprising Justices Madan B. Lokur and Deepak Gupta that they had not agreed on certain aspects at the last meeting, the chief secretary of Haryana said the minutes of the last meeting were “correctly recorded”.

“What should be done now? Do we need to have CCTV cameras installed to see what they have said (in the meeting)? All of them are senior officers,” the bench observed.

However, additional solicitor general A.N.S. Nadkarni, appearing for the Centre, said that both Delhi and Haryana should sort it out and they should have a fresh meeting to deliberate on the issue.

Delhi chief secretary told the bench that at the last meeting, they had not agreed on the aspect of withdrawal of cases filed by the Delhi government against Haryana in this regard but it was recorded in the minutes that this issue was agreed upon.

 

“You tell us the solution. This cannot go on like this,” the bench observed.

Haryana’s chief secretary D S Dhesi said they had started releasing water to Delhi from April 2 itself.

The Haryana counsel said that water was being released as per the agreement and claimed that Delhi wanted to get the share of Haryana’s water also.

“In the garb of a judicial order, they (Delhi) want Haryana to part with its share of water,” the counsel claimed.

“What Delhi is asking is not a favour from Haryana. It is as per the Supreme Court’s order,” the Delhi chief secretary said.

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