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SC defers order on Punjab plea on SYL
Legal Correspondent

New Delhi, August 18
The Supreme Court today deferred its order on Punjab’s review petition against its judgement in the Sutluj Yamuna Link (SYL) Canal case, directing the Centre to complete the unfinished portion of the canal.

A Bench of Ms Justice Ruma Pal and Mr Justice P.V. Reddy, which had given the judgement on June 4, could not pass the order on Punjab’s review petition today.

Since there is no open court hearing of a review petition and it is considered by the judges of the same Bench in their chamber, the verdict is circulated among the parties concerned without it being pronounced in the court.

As both the judges were today on different benches, they could not get enough time to dictate the order, counsel for Punjab and Haryana, waiting for the verdict later told mediapersons.

They said the court was expected to pass the verdict tomorrow.

But the scope of the review petition is very limited as the Bench only considers whether there was any “error” of fact or law in the impugned judgement.

Punjab in its review petition, filed on July 3, had challenged the apex court judgement on the ground that it had gone “beyond” the arguments addressed by counsel of the disputing parties.

Punjab had contended that the arguments were heard by the court only on the “maintainability” of its suit in which it had challenged the earlier verdict of January 15, 2002, asking the state to complete the canal, not on the Haryana’s application seeking its construction by the Union Government.
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