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4:13 am - Saturday November 18, 2017

SYL canal issue: SC grants six-week time to Centre to resolve issue between Haryana and Punjab

Agencies, New Delhi

The Supreme Court today granted six weeks’ time to the Central Government for resolving the issue between the two states — Haryana and Punjab — in connection with the Sutlej Yamuna Link (SYL) canal matter.

During the course of the hearing today in the SYL canal case, Attorney General (AG) K K Venugopal, country’s top law officer representing the Central Government, sought more time and told the apex court that the issue was being discussed by both the states — Punjab and Haryana — for a meaningful settlement, so thereby the Union of India needed more time in the matter.

To which, the apex court three-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra granted the Central Government six weeks for a meaningful settlement between both the states — Punjab and Haryana — in the case.

The three-judge bench of the apex court, also comprising Justice Amitava Roy and Justice AM Khanwilkar, was hearing the SYL canal issue. The apex court today fixed the matter for further hearing till November 8.

The Supreme Court last year in November, in its order, had held as null and void the 2004 law passed by it to terminate the SYL canal water sharing agreement. The apex court pronounced the judgement on the presidential reference of 2004 on the controversy relating to sharing of water from the SYL canal by the north Indian states.

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