CJI NV Ramana Rescues Himself From Krishna River Water Dispute Case, Transfers Case To Another Bench

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The Supreme Court (SC) bench led by the Chief Justice of India (CJI) N.V. Ramana, transferred the Krishna River water dispute case to another bench.

The N.V. Ramana bench of the Apex Court was reviewing the Krishna River water row dispute case between Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. On the 2nd of August, the Court conducted the first hearing and suggested a mediation process. With this, the CJI also rescued himself from the case and said, if the two Telugu states, A.P., and Telangana failed to do the mediation process, the Court would forward the case to another bench. During the first hearing on Monday, the 2nd of August, the CJI said, “I don’t want to hear this matter legally. I belong to both the states. If the matter can be settled in mediation, please do that. We can help with that. Otherwise I will transfer this to another Bench.” He adjourned the case to the 4th of August and asked to resolve the matter through the mediation process, peacefully.

However, the advocates representing the two Telugu states, denied to move ahead with the mediation process and said they would continue with the legal proceedings. While Advocate Dushyant Dave appeared for the Andhra Pradesh Government, Advocate C.S. Vaidyanathan appeared for the Telangana Government.

With this, the Supreme Court bench transferred the case to another bench. The bench headed by N.V. Ramana issued an order to this effect, today, the 4th of August. Though the advocate on behalf of the Central Government General Solicitor Tushar Mehta asked the CJI to take up the matter, N.V. Ramana rejected the plea and transferred the case.

It is to be noted, the Krishna River water dispute between Andhra Pradesh and Telangana is continuing over the Rayalaseema Lift Irrigation work. The illegal construction and projects on the banks of the Krishna and the Godavari rivers by both the Telangana Government and the Andhra Pradesh Government is a long pending matter, which intensified in the past few months. The matter intensified with a war of words between the Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy led Andhra Pradesh Government and the K. Chandrashekar Rao led Telangana Government, seeking intervention of the Krishna River Management Board (KRMB) and the Central Government and now the Supreme Court.

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