When will you wake up: SC asks Centre
New Delhi: Wondering when government would
wake up from its "deep slumber," the Supreme Court on Tuesday
slammed it for repeatedly violating court orders on setting up
of a tribunal to resolve the inter-State water disputes
between Andhra Pradesh and Orissa.
A three judge bench of justices Altamsa Kabir, SS Nijjar
and Gyan Sudha Mishra expressed anguish at violation of its
orders being done "with impunity" by the Union Government,
which it felt, was not befitting its stature.
"You are deliberately violating compliance of our orders
with impunity. When will you wake up from your deep slumber.
What do you need to wake you up.”
"We have been repeatedly passing orders. What is the
point in merely filing affidavits and replies. This is not
expected of the Union of India," the bench remarked.
The apex court's observation came in the course of the
application moved by Andhra Pradesh Government, accusing the
Centre of violating court's direction for setting up of the
Vamsadhara Water Disputes Tribunal (VWDT).
Senior counsel CS Vaidyanathan appearing for the State
submitted that despite repeated directions, the Centre had
failed to provide necessary accommodation and infrastructure
for the VWDT.
He pointed out that though the apex court had on February
6, 2009, directed the Centre to constitute within six months
the tribunal, the necessary notification for setting up of the
VWDT was done only on February 24, 2010.
But till date, despite its constitution, no office
accommodation or any infrastructure has been provided to the
tribunal making it non-functional.
On November 26, 2010, and April 8, the apex court had
passed orders for providing the required infrastructure and
the Centre gave undertakings to the effect, but the same were
violated, the counsel pointed.
The apex court after hearing the submission made the
observation and posted the matter for further hearing to