SYL Controversy: SC directs Punjab to implement verdict

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The Supreme Court has directed Punjab to implement it’s verdict on SYL Canal given in November 2016.
The court had not only asked both the states to maintain status quo but had also allowed Haryana to construct the Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal . Apex bench also made clear that it would deliberate upon Punjab’s contention as to whether the judgement of a five-judge constitution bench, which held its law unconstitutional, was binding.

A five-judge bench, while answering the Presidential Reference on November 11, 2016, had held that the Punjab Termination of Agreement Act, 2004 was unconstitutional as it negated the effect of apex court judgements of 2002 and 2004.

Senior advocate R S Surig appearing for the Punjab government, said the five-judge bench verdict was not binding as it was given under its advisory jurisdiction and the Punjab law still stands.