The apex court has ordered the state government to release 6000 cusecs of water for the next three days.
The Supreme Court of India today warned Karnataka Government for disobeying its order to release 6000 cusecs of Cauvery river water to Tamil Nadu. The apex court has ordered the state government to release 6000 cusecs of water for the next three days. The next hearing on the matter is scheduled for Friday. Supreme Court made the decision while hearing Karnataka government’s plea seeking to modify a previous order that asked it to release 6,000 cusecs of Cauvery water a day to Tamil Nadu. On Monday, Karnataka government had sought time till January from the top court to release more Cauvery river water to Tamil Nadu as the depleting source is required for drinking purposes.
“We think it appropriate that Karnataka releases 6,000 cusecs water to Tamil Nadu in three days by following the
order passed by us, despite the resolution passed by the assembly,” a bench comprising Justices Dipak Misra and U U Lalit said. In his statement, F S Nariman, appearing for Karnataka, vehemently opposed any direction asking the state to release water, saying there was “no logic in it” and the order amounted to “a direct confrontation”. Blaming Karnataka’s “obstructionist and obstinate” attitude for the impasse and non-compliance of the apex court directives, senior advocate Shekhar Naphade, appearing for Tamil Nadu, submitted: “On instruction, I am saying that the state (Tamil Nadu) is fed up. We are simply tired of this litigation. We are not getting what is our legitimate rights.”
“We are in a federal structure and in a democracy like India, no state can say it will not obey the Supreme Court’s
order. You cannot pick up fight with everyone. It is not about Karnataka or Tamil Nadu or any state, there has to be federal cooperativism ,” the bench said, asking both states to cooperate in finding a solution to the water feud.
The bench asked the Tamil Nadu to “have patience” on being repeatedly demanded to get its orders enforced.
The apex court also asked Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi to facilitate a meeting of the executive heads of both states with the Centre over the next two days to find a resolution to the impasse.
The apex court, in its September 20 decision, had directed Karnataka to release 6,000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu every day till September 27. Tamil Nadu, in turn, filed a plea application before the SC, seeking the court to refrain from hearing Karnataka’s petition until the last order is met.
With PTI Inputs