Cauvery row: SC to hear Karnataka plea

Last Updated: Mon, Oct 08, 2012 14:08 hrs

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.

While the bandh was a success the Karnataka leaders closed ranks with External Affairs Minister S M Krishna, who hails from the state, urging the Prime Minister to not release further water to Tamil Nadu.

"I would kindly urge upon you to explore possibilities of stopping further release of water from dams in Karnataka and also call for an interim report of the team of experts", said Krishna, who is now touring USA.

While Karnataka started releasing water since Sept 29, Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar had said he will consult legal experts and heads of other parties in his state to decide whether the state will seek a review of the Supreme Court verdict.

The Tamil Nadu government had moved to the Supreme Court over the Cauvery river water sharing issue after the meeting of the CRA failed to produce a solution.

Former Karnataka chief minister BS Yeddyurappa has attacked the Prime Minister alleging that he was taking decisions from Delhi unaware of the ground realities in Karnataka.

He even alleged that the PM is pleasing Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa for support to save his government.

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