The Supreme Court said it was obligatory on the part of Punjab and Haryana to respect and execute its orders on the Satluj-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal issue.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday said it was obligatory on the part of Punjab and Haryana to respect and execute its orders on the Satluj-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal issue.

The apex court also warned both states to first attempt to construct the canal, after which the issue of supply of water would be considered. It also asked them to ensure that there is no agitation on the issue.

A three-judge bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra said the states have an “obligatory duty” to obey the decree passed by it, after Attorney General K K Venugopal argued that the Centre was “trying its best” to bring both Punjab and Haryana to a reconciliatory stage so that the decree can be amicably executed.

“Authorities of both the states (Punjab and Haryana) must remember that the decree passed by this court has to be respected and has to be executed,” the bench, also comprising Justices Amitava Roy and A M Khanwilkar, said.

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