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In its February 2018 verdict, the court set a six-week deadline for Centre to evolve a scheme “exclusively

for implementation of the award” determined by it.

With the Central government not coming out with a scheme on the Cauvery issue within the six-week
period stipulated by the Supreme Court — which ended on Thursday — the Tamil Nadu government has
decided to approach the court with a contempt petition.

This was decided at a meeting chaired by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami with
senior Ministers and officials at the Secretariat on Thursday. Advocate General Vijay Narayan was also
present at the meeting, which lasted 40 minutes.

The petition is likely to be filed on Saturday, and Principal Secretary (Public Works) S.K. Prabakar will
visit New Delhi, along with chairperson of the Cauvery Technical Cell R. Subramanian, according to a
government source.

Time frame

On February 16, delivering its judgment, the Supreme Court set a deadline of six weeks for the Centre to
frame a scheme for the implementation of the final award of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal
(CWDT) given in February 2007.

The court, while dealing with appeals filed by Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala against the final award,
had also stated that “no extension shall be granted for framing of the scheme on any ground.”

Explaining that there is no other option for the State government than to file the contempt of court
petition, the source hoped that such a move would force the Centre to fulfil its legal obligation, as
mandated by the court.

On reports of the Centre planning to seek clarification from the court with regard to the meaning of the
term, “scheme,” as mentioned in the February 16 judgment, the source said there is no need for such a
course as Section 6A of the Inter State River Water Disputes Act makes it clear how a scheme should be
framed to implement decisions of a water disputes tribunal set up under the law.

In a nutshell, the section explicitly mentions that the proposed scheme may provide for “the
establishment of any authority (whether described as such or as a committee or other body),
composition, jurisdiction, powers and functions of the authority.”
Meanwhile, Tamil television channels reported an offer of resignation by three Members of Parliament
of the ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam – P. Kumar, A. Arunmozhithevan and G. Hari -
over the issue.

Pointing out that he was not aware of their move, A. Anwhar Raajhaa who represents Ramanathapuram
Parliamentary constituency told The Hindu that he would also follow suit in the event of any direction
from the AIADMK leadership.The CBSE issued a notice with reference to the two papers: “The Board has
taken cognisance of certain happenings in the conduct of examinations as are being reported. With the
view to upholding the sanctity of the Board examinations and in the interest of fairness to the students,
the Board has decided to re-conduct the examinations...,” it said.

It added, “Dates of fresh examinations shall be posted on the CBSE website within a week.”

According to sources, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Union Minister Prakash Javadekar and
expressed unhappiness over the paper leak.

Two FIRs

The Delhi Police on Wednesday registered two FIRs in the case relating to the leak of two question
papers.

“We have registered two separate FIRs under IPC Section 420 [cheating] and 406 [criminal breach of
trust]. The case has been transferred to the Crime Branch for further investigation,” Chief PRO of Delhi
Police Deependra Pathak said.

Police said they received two separate complaints at the Madhu Vihar Police Station.

Cabinet nod for national testing agency

Nistula Hebbar reports:

Mr. Javadekar has promised strong action against the guilty. “We have taken cognisance of the CBSE
paper leak. It seems some kind of a gang is behind this. A special team is investigating the matter and
the guilty will not be spared,” he said.

“The examinations are conducted across the country but this has been reported only from a few schools
in Delhi. The Cabinet has given approval for a national testing agency and it will come into effect from
next year to ensure leak-proof examinations,” he added.