PANJIM: In a major setback to the Goa government, the Centre has withdrawn the permission granted to Additional Solicitor General Atmaram Nadkarni to appear on behalf of the State before the Mhadei Water Dispute Tribunal (MWDT).
MDWT that passed its orders in August, was hearing an inter-state water dispute between Goa, Karnataka and Maharashtra.
Union Water Resources Minister Nitin Gadkari has communicated to Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar with regards to the State letter seeking permission to Nadkarni to represent the State before the tribunal, in an application filed by the State.
“It is to state that the Central government is a neutral party to the river water disputes among the party States and therefore, it would be inappropriate for Central government to permit Additional Solicitor General to represent a particular State for inter state river disputes,” Gadkari said.
Goa government had in August filed a disobedience application against Karnataka before MWDT for injunction by way of diverting the water of River Mhadei to the Malaprabha basin.
For this the government had sought the Centre’s permission to allow Nadkarni to represent the State.
Nadkarni has been representing Goa before tribunal since 2012, after PM Narendra Modi’s intervention.