The Hindu Important Articles 10 May 2018
# SC pulls up Centre for not framing Cauvery scheme
Adjourns the case to May 14, after polling for Karnataka Assembly election
The Supreme Court on Tuesday rapped the Centre for showing “sheer contempt of court” by not framing the Cauvery draft scheme, but adjourned the case to May 14, well after the crucial polling day for the Karnataka Assembly election.
Attorney-General K.K. Venugopal asked a Bench led by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra for 10 days’ time to add the “finishing touch” to its draft scheme and get the nod of the Union Cabinet.
Mr. Venugopal had in a previous hearing said the Prime Minister and all the Ministers were busy campaigning in Karnataka, which is going to the polls on May 12. This is despite the fact that the Supreme Court had, on April 9, categorically directed the Centre to frame the draft scheme by May 3 to prove its bona fide resolve to end the 200-year-old dispute between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.
Directive to official
The next court hearing comes on the eve of the counting day on May 15. The Bench ordered the Union Water Resources Secretary to be present with the draft scheme on May 14.
Delay in implementation
The court did not go into pleas and counter-pleas by Tamil Nadu and Karnataka over the release of Cauvery water. The Chief Justice said this may only retard the implementation of the judgment and the nitty-gritty of water-sharing should be looked into by the authority which would be put in place by the Centre as per the scheme.
The court refrained from intervening in this issue for the time being.
In the last hearing, the court had queried whether Karnataka had complied with the releases during the months from February to April, 2018. Tamil Nadu on Monday said Karnataka could “easily spare” four tmcft water for the month of May.
Karnataka had responded by filing its counter within hours, saying it had already released 116.697 tmcft to Tamil Nadu at the inter-State Bilingundlu border despite this being a distress year for the third consecutive year. It said Tamil Nadu had already received an excess of 16.66 tmcft.
The Centre has taken the position that the four riparian States of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry were not on the same page as regards the formation of the Cauvery Management Board. It had referred to a letter written by Karnataka Chief Minister against the constitution of the Board.
Centre’s duty: T.N.
Arguing for Tamil Nadu, senior advocate Shekhar Naphade said the Centre was ultimately “duty bound” to implement the direction of the Supreme Court on February 16, 2018 to frame the scheme to provide for the Cauvery Management Board and the Cauvery Water Regulation Committee.
# Twin political murders leave Mahe tense
Police on high alert to prevent escalation of violence
The late-night murders of a CPI(M) local leader of Mahe and an RSS worker near Mahe on Monday have left the politically volatile parts in and around the area tense. The Puducherry and Kerala Police are on high alert to avert further escalation of the situation.
The murder of Kannipoyil Babu, 47, former councillor of the Mahe municipality, by alleged RSS workers near the Koyyodam Koroth temple under the Palloor police station limits in Mahe around 9.30 p.m. Monday was followed by a retaliatory attack on RSS worker U.C. Shanej, an autorickshaw driver, half an hour later at nearby New Mahe, near Thalassery, by a group of suspected CPI(M) workers.
Shanej was dragged out of his autorickshaw and stabbed, the police said. Having received multiple stab injuries, he died on the way to Government Medical College Hospital, Kozhikode. Babu was found in a pool of blood as he was attacked on his way home on his two-wheeler.
The Palloor police said political enmity was the motive behind the murder of Babu. Though there was no immediate provocation for the latest political murder in the area, the Palloor police said there were large-scale bomb attacks at Palloor in December 2016. The police said there had been attempts on Babu’s life earlier too.
‘Situation under control’
Mahe Superintendent of Police C.H. Radhakrishna, who cancelled his leave and is on his way to Mahe, said an investigation was under way to nab the culprits behind the murders at Palloor. Right now the situation was under control, he told The Hindu over phone.
Apart from minor issues of political rivalry between the CPI(M) and the BJP, Palloor is not known for any major rivalry between the rival parties. The area, however, borders the politically sensitive parts of Kannur district, including Chokli and New Mahe.
The Mahe police sought the assistance of the Kerala Police here for deployment of personnel in the trouble-torn areas in view of the tension during the funeral of the slain CPI(M) local leader. The body was brought to Palloor around 4 p.m. after postmortem at the Pariyaram medical college hospital. The body of Shanej was brought home late in the evening after postmortem from the Kozhikode hospital.
# Over 9,000 voter ID cards unearthed
Bundles found in Jalahalli flat; BJP demands countermanding RR Nagar polls
Over 9,000 genuine voter identity cards were discovered in an apartment in Jalahalli on Tuesday, triggering reactions until late at night, with the BJP even demanding countermanding of polls in the Rajarajeshwarinagar constituency.
At an emergency press meet, Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Sanjiv Kumar said 9,746 voter identity cards were found in bundles in flat number 115 at SLV Park View apartments in Jalahalli.
The flat, he said, belongs to Manjula Nanjundmuri, and had been rented out to one Rakesh. “These EPIC cards belonged to people from the slums. Five laptops and a printer were also found. The EPIC cards were verified with the mobile app and found to be genuine. Three observers have gone to the spot and there will be an independent inquiry,” Mr. Kumar said.
“There could be a link with the sitting MLA as there were stickers found of the MLA on water cans and in other places,” he added.
“There were two large steel trunks with counterfoil strips resembling acknowledgement slips of Form 6 used for new addition of names on the electoral rolls. These may be around a lakh. These have photographs and a printed number in magenta which is different from the officially available Form 6 which has no printed number. On preliminary verification these 9,746 EPIC cards are of actual electors and appears to be prima facie genuine. However, the significance of the counterfoils can only be verified after due investigation,” a press release from the CEO’s office said.
# Hailstorm, rain wreak havoc in J&K
Forecast covers southern India
The India Meteorological Department has scaled down concerns over severe storms in northwest India this week but warned of stormy weather from May 13.
A Western Disturbance (WD) — an extra tropical storm — brought light rainfall in Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and parts of Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan on Tuesday. These places also saw thunderstorms and dust storms, with average windspeeds not exceeding 55 km an hour. In a statement, the IMD said the WD hovering over J&K would very likely move eastwards and “become unimportant” as would the cyclonic circulation over Haryana which will become “less marked.”
However, a combination of weather anomalies is expected next week. “A fresh WD was very likely to affect western Himalayan region from 13th May. Under the influence of the two systems, widespread thunderstorm activity is very likely simultaneously over northwest, central, east, northeast and peninsular India from the 13th onwards,” it added. This could also bring fresh squalls and storms in Rajasthan.
“So far we’ve seen moderate rain and winds and it’s in line with our forecast,” said M. Mohapatra, senior meteorologist, IMD. “At worst, windspeeds in Delhi will be 60 kmph,” he said.
# Sibal withdraws plea against Naidu’s order
SC witnesses dramatic turn of events
Two Rajya Sabha members, who had challenged the decision of the Vice-President to reject the motion seeking to remove Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, on Tuesday confronted a five-judge Constitution Bench before withdrawing their petition in a dramatic turn of events in the Supreme Court.
Senior advocate Kapil Sibal and advocate Sunil Fernandes, for the MPs, asked which “authority” decided to constitute the five-judge Bench, led by Justice A.K. Sikri, and sought a copy of the order. Mr. Sibal said his clients might even challenge this order.
Allocation of Benches in the court is part of the administrative powers of the Chief Justice of India. However, the MPs’ petition deals with the Chief Justice himself. If so, Mr. Sibal’s side indicated that the question is, who constituted the current Bench? Stating that there is nothing “secretive” about an administrative order, Mr. Sibal said the petitioners have a right to know.
# ICSE and ISC results on May 14
The results of the ICSE Class X and ISC Class XII examinations would be announced at 3 p.m. on May 14. To get the results through SMS, candidates will have to type ICSE or ISC, followed by their seven-digit unique ID code, and send the message to 09248082883. The Council has also made a provision for candidates to apply for recheck directly through the website www.cisce.org.
# ‘BJP govt. can act tough on jihadi forces’
The Bharatiya Janata Party government can act tough on jihadi forces, said Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, in Bhatkal of Uttara Kannada district on Tuesday. Addressing an election campaign of the BJP, Mr. Adityanath said a place like Bhatkal should be known for its Shiva temple and the good natural surroundings. “But the name [Bhatkal] creates fear among people because of the activities of jihadi elements,” he said.