13 May, 2021

In A Real Water Tight Spot

Krishna's populist politics runs into rough weather as a displeased Supreme Court blows hot More Coverage

Satish Kumar
In A Real Water Tight Spot
The virtual indictment of the Karnataka government by the Supreme Court over the Cauvery water-sharing issue has put an abrupt end to the euphoria in the Congress government led by chief minister S.M. Krishna. The highly critical observations of the judges, as well as the possibility of an adverse judgement with strictures for contempt, has shoved the state government back into an unenviable position of being stuck without any room for manoeuvre. The upshot: the government has been gripped by panic in anticipation of the court’s verdict on October 28.

The apex court’s observations were undoubtedly severe. The three-member bench, comprising Chief Justice B.N. Kirpal, Justice Y.K. Sabharwal and Justice Arijit Pasayat held Krishna prima facie guilty for contempt of court for deliberate non-compliance of its orders. Coming down heavily on the Karnataka government, the bench said that if the elected government cannot comply with the court’s order then it should not continue in office. The bench also expressed its strong displeasure stating that man-made situations were being...

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