Pulling up Karnataka for repeatedly defying its orders, the Supreme Court on Friday asked it to release 6,000 cusecs of water daily to Tamil Nadu from October 1 to October 6.
Giving the last opportunity to the Siddaramaiah government to release 6,000 cusecs of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu, despite a unanimous resolution passed by both houses of the assembly, a bench led by justice Dipak Mishra warned Karnataka by saying that it would find it difficult when the ‘wrath of law’ will fall on it for disobeying its orders.
“Karnataka despite being a state is flouting the order and creating a situation when the majesty of law is dented. We would have proceeded to take steps for strict compliance of the order but we have directed Cauvery Water Management Board to first study the ground realities and submit a report,” the bench said.
“Karnataka shall not be bent upon to take an obstinate and stand of defiance as one does not know when wrath of the law will fall upon them,” the judges said while directing the Centre to constitute the Cauvery Water Management Board by October 4.
It ordered all the stakeholders — Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry — to give by 4pm on Saturday the names of their representatives to be included on the board, which would be chaired by the Union water resources minister.
“We assume that Karnataka, being a part of the federal structure of the country, shall live up to the occasion and not show any deviancy till report of ground reality is submitted by the Cauvery Water Management Board,” the court said, reminding Karnataka that it is bound by Article 144 of the Constitution and “aid in compliance” of the order of the SC.