Chandigarh: A day after Supreme Court held as “unconstitutional” the 2004 law passed by Punjab to terminate the SYL canal water sharing agreement, the state on Friday said that a three-member legal team will critically examine the ruling and advice the government on this
matter. “A legal team will study judgement and examine it critically and then give some recommendations and advice to the state government,” Punjab Advocate General Ashok Aggarwal said.
The team comprises of Additional Advocate Generals Kamal Sehgal, Vinod Bhardwaj and Rajat Khanna.
“By today evening, we may be ready to advise the government on this matter,” Aggarwal said. Asked whether Punjab had any legal option left regarding the SYL matter, Punjab Advocate General said he could not say anything unless SC ruling was examined.
“May be there are (legal options), maybe there is none. We do not know right now,” he said.
Aggarwal said that the apex court had just given its advise on the matter and President may or may not accept it.
The water dispute assumed a new dimension with the Supreme Court on Thursday holding as “unconstitutional” the 2004 law passed by Punjab to terminate the Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal water sharing agreement with neighbouring states.
The judgement made it clear that the Punjab Termination of Agreements Act, 2004 was unconstitutional and that the state could not have taken a “unilateral” decision to terminate the water sharing agreement with Haryana,
Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Jammu and Kashmir, Delhi and Chandigarh.
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