September 8, 2017 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
New Delhi: As per the media reports the Supreme Court of India (SCI) here on Thursday has yet again postponed what can be said as premeditated decision (dictation) over controvertisal SYL canal to November 8th 2017. The decision was taken by the SCI on the suit filed by the Haryana government seeking the completion of the canal.
While stating the excuse of making an arrangement between Haryana and Punjab to the bench lead by Chief Justice of Indian Dipak Misra and Justices Amitava Roy and AM Khanwilkar attorney general KK Venugopal has asked for more time for this case.
During the previous hearing, the SCI had told the two states to build the canal before bringing their respective points of view and challenges before it. If one is to find rationale in this hearing then it will sum up to what can be called as putting cart before the horse, such is the intellect demonstrated by SCI.
Previously, a five-judge constitution bench of the apex court, which heard a Presidential reference made by the central government on the validity of the Punjab Termination of Agreements Act enacted by the Punjab assembly, had in November 2016 set aside the legislation, thus paving the way for the completion of the long-pending scheme to drain Punjab of its natural resource, media reports said.
The Punjab assembly on July 12, 2004, enacted the Punjab Termination of Agreements Act, including the December 1981 tripartite agreement signed by chief ministers of Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan, annulling all inter-state agreements signed by the state relating to sharing of the Ravi and Beas waters, notes Hindustan Times (HT).