'SC has no authority to ask Centre to set up Cauvery board'

New Delhi, Oct 3: The Centre on Monday told the Supreme Court that it has no jurisdiction to direct it to set-up the Cauvery Management Board as it was just a recommendation of the Cauvery Water Dispute Tribunal and not binding on the government.

Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi made the submission before the bench of Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Uday Umesh Lalit while mentioning the Centre's application for modification of the apex court's September 30 order that directed the constitution of the Cauvery Management Board.

While fixing the hearing on the application on Tuesday at 2.00 p.m., the bench reminded the Attorney General that he had agreed on the last date of hearing that the Centre would constitute the Cauvery Management Board by October 4.

The Attorney General told the bench that he had made a mistake by committing to set up the Cauvery Management Board.

Even as the Centre tried to wriggle out of its commitment to set up the board, the bench questioned Karnataka why it has not released the water.