TN, K'taka move SC over Cauvery water

TN, K’taka move SC over Cauvery water

Karnataka has moved the Supreme Court (SC) seeking modification of its order to release 6,000 cusecs of Cauvery water per day to Tamil Nadu saying its reservoirs did not have sufficient water, even as the two states indulged in a fresh legal tug of war, pressing their conflicting grievances.

Tamil Nadu, being agrrieved by the non-compliance of the apex court order, said, “Karnataka is acting as judge in its own cause and refusing to comply with the orders passed by this court by consciously failing to ensure the release inspite of the matter being sub-judice before this court. The present is a case where the instrumentalities of the state in utter defiance to the constitutional mandate have failed to honour and obey the order passed by this court.”

The pleas of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka are likely to come up for hearing on Tuesday.

Karnataka, represented by SC advocate Mohan Katarki, reproduced the unanimous resolution passed by both Houses of the State on September 23, 2016, that no water should be taken from its reservoirs except to meet the drinking water requirements of the people of the State, including the entire city of Bengaluru.

In short, Karnataka wants the Supreme Court to modify its September 20 order directing the State to release 6000 cusecs of Cauvery water every day to Tamil Nadu till September 27. It said this amount of water, for the time being, would have to be treated as “arrears” to be paid back to Tamil Nadu by the end of the season.

Within hours of the filing of this application, Tamil Nadu hit back by filing an application of its own followed by an urgent mentioning in the post-lunch session before a Bench led by Justice Dipak Misra. The Bench agreed to list the application on September 27.