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SC refuses fresh material on Mullaiperiyar

New Delhi, Oct 5 (): A bench containing five judges of the Supreme Court on Friday refused to acknowledge any new material except that was already offered by the panel on the contentious Mullaiperiyar Dam between the state of Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

The top court very clearly said that it will not permit any new material; else, the whole procedure will be everlasting. The matter has been adjourned to Nov 5 when the date for final hearing will also be confirmed, said the court.

The court is believed to have alleged the senior counsel who appeared on behalf of the state of Kerala that, “The court will not permit any fresh material or records. The issue should get closed, else it will be a continued process.”

The court’s observation came after the counsel appearing for the state handed over a record by saying that the expert committee has gathered some fresh information regarding the safety of the century-old dam.

Kerala argued that the committee had relied on its personal observation records and material, other than the material and verification that was tendered by Kerala and Tamil Nadu, while coming to a conclusion, to which the Supreme Court said that the committee will not go through any body’s vision as it believes its own view.

The court also observed that both Tamil Nadu and Kerala are free to oppose the committee’s reply on the issue and also reminded that the panel had members from both the wrangling states in addition from the Centre as well.

The bench made a clear statement to Kerala, “Committee included your nominee, from both sides other than the centre. Tomorrow you might prefer to call experts from England, Spain, as well as from Japan.Such things cannot be permitted. The court would like to remind that it is a professional committee and not an informal instrument. It is a body which has been formed by top-level experts,” said the court.

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