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Posted at: Apr 17, 2018, 12:54 AM; last updated: Apr 17, 2018, 12:54 AM (IST)

Water crisis: State, Delhi, fight over minutes of meet

Satya Prakash

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 16

Delhi and Haryana, which have been fighting a legal battle over water, were on Monday seen accusing each other in the Supreme Court over the minutes of a meeting on the issue.

The Delhi Government counsel disputed the minutes of a meeting held on March 28 which was attended by the chief secretaries of Delhi and Haryana, Delhi Jal Board (DJB) Vice-Chairman, a Central Water Commission official and Union Water Resources Ministry Secretary.

On behalf of Haryana, senior counsel Shyam Divan told a Bench headed by Justice Madan B. Lokur that Delhi had agreed to withdraw cases from the National Green Tribunal and the Delhi High Court and to make a formal request to Haryana for the release of 150 cusecs of water every day.

The Delhi Government counsel said these issues were discussed but “we never agreed to it.” As the Delhi counsel disputed the minutes, the Bench sought to know who approved the minutes of the meeting. The Bench asked the Central government counsel to seek instructions from the Secretary of the ministry and get back to it by Thursday, the next date of hearing.


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