The Supreme Court on Monday will hear the plea of Karnataka government to stay its order over the release of water from Cauvery river to neighbouring Tamil Nadu in accordance with the decision of the Cauvery River Authority (CRA).
The apex 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.
Several top leaders from Karnataka, including External Affairs Minister S M Krishna, Union Water Resources Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal, Union Power Minister Veerappa Moily and Bharataiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Ananth Kumar, met the Prime Minister in the national capital New Delhi on Monday to discuss the issue, reports said.
Karnataka observed a near total shutdown on Saturday in response to a bandh called by various Kannada groups with the backing of most political parties, including the ruling BJP and opposition Congress, over the CRA direction for release of water to Tamil Nadu.