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River water dispute: Supreme Court allows Andhra to withdraw 19-year-old case against Karnataka


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Supreme Court has closed a suit filed by Andhra Pradesh against Karnataka
Chief Justice Uday Umesh Lalit and Justice S. Ravindra Bhat and Justice J. B. The bench of Pardiwala took note of the fact
19 years have elapsed and it will be extremely difficult to consider the matter from the point of view of grant of interim relief or not

New Delhi: The Supreme Court has closed a suit filed by Andhra Pradesh against Karnataka in which the Center has been asked to settle a dispute related to sharing of water of North Pennar river with inter-state river water. A request was made to direct the setting up of the tribunal.

Chief Justice Uday Umesh Lalit and Justice S. Ravindra Bhat and Justice J. B. Pardiwala took note of the fact that Andhra Pradesh had filed the original suit in 2003 and a lot of water has flowed since then.

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The court allowed Andhra Pradesh to withdraw the case to explore other remedies, including approaching the Center for setting up a river tribunal.

“19 years have elapsed and it will be extremely difficult to consider the matter from the point of view of granting or not granting interim relief,” the bench said. The recording of evidence in the Andhra Pradesh trial was completed on April 10, 2012 and Since then the matter was awaiting hearing and disposal.

After being pointed out that the river in question does not pass through Telangana, the bench took note of the facts of the case and allowed Andhra Pradesh to withdraw the case.

Tags: Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, River, Supreme Court

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