CJI recuses from AP, Telangana water dispute 

Chief Justice NV Ramana today recused himself from hearing the Krishna River water dispute between Andhra Pradesh and Telangana after the Andhra counsel said the matter will require legal adjudication as mediation did not work.
Justice Ramana had indicated that he would not hear the plea by the AP government alleging that the Telangana government has deprived it of its legitimate share of water for drinking and irrigation purposes and termed it “unconstitutional and illegal”. 

Justice Ramana had said: “I don’t want to hear this matter legally. I belong to both the states. If the matter can be settled in mediation, please do that”.

The CJI knows the issue in person and he has also argued the case.

He told counsel of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana governments, “We can help with that. Otherwise, I will transfer this to another bench”. The top court had then listed the matter for further hearing on Wednesday.

The AP government informed the top court that it wants legal adjudication as the matter could not be resolved through mediation. The Chief Justice recorded the submission of Andhra Pradesh that it does not want mediation to settle the Krishna River water dispute and referred the matter to some other bench.