New Delhi: The Supreme Court today refusedto grant urgent hearing to a fresh plea seeking initiation of contempt proceedings against Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister of Punjab for their alleged statements against the verdict in the Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal water sharing agreement.
A five judge constitution bench had recently termed as “unconstitutional” the 2004 Punjab law which terminated the SYL water pact, saying the state cannot “unilaterally” terminate it or legislate to “nullify” the verdict of the highest court.
A bench comprising Chief Justice T S Thakur and Justice D Y Chandrachud today told lawyer Rakesh Dahiya, who sought urgent listing of a criminal contempt petition, that the plea would come up in due course.
The plea, which was filed by one Satbir Hooda, a resident of Rohtak in Haryana who runs an NGO, alleged that Prakash Singh Badal and Sukhbir Singh Badal, Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister of Punjab respectively, have made statements that the apex court verdict in the case will not be allowed to be implemented.
“This constitutes the offence of criminal contempt,” the lawyer said.
In its verdict, the apex court recently responded in the “negative” to all the four questions referred to it for the opinion by then President APJ Abdul Kalam on the validity of the law passed by then Punjab government-led by Captain Amrinder Singh to nullify the court verdicts and unilaterally terminating the almost three-dacade old SYL water sharing agreement.
The controversial 1981 water sharing agreement came into being after Haryana was carved out of Punjab in 1966. PTI
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