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Haryana govt seeks status quo in Satluj-Yamuna Link canal in SC

Updated: Nov 17, 2016 14:44 IST

New Delhi [India], Nov. 17 (ANI): The Haryana Government on Thursday moved the Supreme Court seeking a status quo in the Satluj-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal issue, even as the court had on Tuesday said it would hear the matter in due course of time.

The apex court is now likely to hear the matter on Monday.

Hearing a petition filed by a lawyer on behalf of a non-governmental organisation (NGO) for criminal contempt of court against Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and his son and Deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal, a bench headed by Chief Justice of India Tirath Singh Thakur decided to take up the SYL matter in due course of time. However, the court has not fixed a date for the hearing as of now.

According to the petitioner, both father and son are saying on record that they will not follow the apex court order on the SYL canal issue.

The apex court had on Thursday termed the law passed by Punjab in 2004 to terminate the SYL canal water sharing agreement with neighbouring states "unconstitutional".

Holding that the Punjab Termination of Agreement Act, 2004, was not in conformity with the provisions of the constitution, the court answered in the negative all the four questions referred to it in a presidential reference.

A constitution bench of the court ruled that Punjab could not have taken a "unilateral" decision to terminate the agreement with Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Jammu and Kashmir, Delhi and Chandigarh to share of the Ravi-Beas river waters.

Responding to the apex court's order, Sukhbir had said that Punjab would not share water with any other state.

"A decision taken at an emergency meeting of the Punjab cabinet said that Punjab Government would not allow the SYL to be built at any cost nor a single brick would be allowed to be laid for its construction by any agency," said Sukhbir.

Badal said, "As far as legal steps are concerned, advocate will advise us on what can be legally done. Our main aim is to not let the water go, and we will do anything for that. We want to assure people of Punjab that only we can do this, and resignation in Congress is just a drama." (ANI)