SYL Canal: Supreme Court deals blow to Punjab

In a blow to Punjab, the Supreme Court on Thursday virtually struck down the Punjab Termination of Agreement Act, 2004, by which the state had terminated its pacts with Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Jammu and Kashmir, Delhi and Chandigarh for sharing the waters of Ravi and Beas rivers.
A five-member Constitution Bench headed by Justice Anil R Dave said the 2004 Act was in violation of the apex court judgments, the Inter-State River Water Disputes Act and other Constitutional provisions.
The Bench made the ruling while answering the Presidential reference sent to the apex court seeking its opinion if the 2004 Act was in consonance with the legal and Constitutional provisions. The reference contained four questions on the issue.
“Our answers are in the negative,” Justice Dave said while reading out the operative part of the ruling. The other judges on the Bench were Justices PC Ghose, SK Singh, AK Goel and Amitava Roy.
The Bench, however, rejected Haryana’s plea for extending the status quo order passed on March 17, 2016, directing Punjab not to notify the law meant for returning about 4,000 acres of land acquired for the construction of the Sutlej-Yamuna Link SYL canal.
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