Tamil Nadu on Wednesday urged the Supreme Court to initiate contempt proceedings against Karnataka Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar and 6 others for alleged "brazen, wilful and deliberate defiance" of the apex court's order to release 9,000 cusecs of water to the State from Cauvery basis.
In an application filed through counsel Umapathi Ganesh, the State said Karnataka's alleged defiance if allowed would lead to total anarchy and jeopardising democracy, judiciary and quasi-federal structure of the Constitution.
The apex court's order on September 28 had come after the CRA meeting of September 19 had failed to produce a solution as both Karnataka and Tamil Nadu had rejected the award of 9,000 cusecs of water by the PM-headed panel to save the standing crops in the delta region.
"Tamil Nadu with deep regret and utmost humility, is bringing to the notice of this Hon'ble Court, the brazen, willful, deliberate defiance of the orders passed by this Hon'ble Court by the Respondents herein and the unconstitutional and contumacious conduct indulged in by them with deliberate intent to undermine the dignity and respect of the highest court of the land and of high constitutional office holders," the State said.
The AIADMK-ruled state also said it would indeed be a sad day for democracy and rule of law in the country if Karnataka can get away with such "disregard and defiance."
"The prestige and dignity of this Hon'ble Court is at stake and if the political and executive wing of a State Government believes that their partisan interests should prevail over the interests of and the integrity of the nation, and the due implementation of the orders of this Hon'ble Court and the Constitutional provisions, the result would be total anarchy and the very foundation of constitutional democracy, independent judiciary and continuance of quasi-federal structure of the Constitution would be in jeopardy," it added.