Cauvery row: TN to file contempt petition

Last Updated: Tue, Oct 09, 2012 11:37 hrs

The Tamil Nadu government on Tuesday decided to file a contempt of court petition against Karnataka in the Supreme Court for stopping the release of Cauvery river water from its reservoir to the neighbouring state.

The decision was taken by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa during a crucial meeting on Tuesday to review the situation.

"In order to ensure that Tamil Nadu gets its due share of water, the Chief Minister has directed to file a contempt petition against Karntaka government which has unilaterally stopped releasing water, amounting to dishonouring the Supreme Court verdict," read an official release.

Karnataka cited depleted storage and stopped release of Cauvery river water from the Krishna Raja Sagar dam on Monday.

The Supreme Court on Sept 28 slammed Karnataka government for ignoring the PM´s orders to release water from the Cauvery river to Tamil Nadu.

Last month, the CRA, chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, directed Karnataka to release 9,000 cusecs of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu daily from Sept 20 to Oct 15, but it was ignored by the state.

Karnataka started releasing water since Sept 29.

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