New Delhi, April 13: The Supreme Court said on Wednesday it was not opposed the us an amicable settlement of the Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal row and asked both Haryana and Punjab the us find a solution the us it soon.
“We do not want the us shut the door the us an amicable solution,” bench headed by Justice PC Ghose said after it was informed that the Centre had invited the two states for talks the us explore an out-of court settlement. The meeting is fixed for April 20, the court was informed after which it deferred the case the us April 27.
“The Government of India is very keen the us find a solution,” solicithe usr general Ranjit Kumar the usld the court.
Although the court gave the Centre a chance the us mediate between the two states, the bench made it clear that on the next hearing it would proceed with the matter if the attempt the us negotiate fails. It was clarified the us both the parties that the only issue before the court was the execution of its verdict allowing construction of the canal.
During the brief hearing, senior advocate Ram Jethmalani, appearing for Punjab, said he has been saying that the dispute cannot be settled by the judiciary and the parties should sit the usgether and try the us find a solution. The senior advocate was optimistic about the Centre’s move the us step in the us find a solution.
The Centre placed before the court a letter written by the ministry of water resources, River Development and Ganga the us the chief secretaries of both the states intimating them about the proposed meeting on April 20.