The Supreme Court Wednesday reserved its order on the legal question whether appeals against the decisions of the Cauvery Water Dispute Tribunal (CWDT) were maintainable before it.
“Judgment reserved. Interim order of October 18 to continue till further orders,” said a bench led by Justice Dipak Misra, which had a day ago directed Karnataka to continue releasing 2,000 cusecs of Cauvery water every day to Tamil Nadu.
The bench asked the parties to file their written submissions by October 24 and said it would pass the order thereafter.
The Centre, through Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi, had raised a preliminary objection, claiming that the CWDT award amounted to a final decree in the dispute and the apex court had no jurisdiction to hear appeals against the award of the tribunal.
But senior advocate Fali S Nariman, appearing for Karnataka, said the Supreme Court had the jurisdiction to adjudicate the appeals filed by the state against the award of the tribunal.
Senior advocate Shekhar Naphade, appearing for Tamil Nadu, also contended that the appeals were maintainable and no statute can take away the powers of the apex court.