Cauvery row: Tamil Nadu to file contempt plea against Karnataka in SC

Last Updated: Tue, Oct 09, 2012 11:10 hrs

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa has said her state will file a contempt of court case against Karnataka in the Supreme Court for stopping the release of Cauvery waters to Tamil Nadu.

In a statement, she said the decision of Karnataka is against Supreme Court's directive in this regard.

Meanwhile, Karnataka is also expected to file a review petition before the Cauvery River Authority (CRA) after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has made it clear that only the authority can revisit the decision about the state releasing water to Tamil Nadu.

Congress' ministers from Karnataka SM Krishna, Mallikarjun Kharge and KH Muniyappa and 16 BJP MPs from the state, led by M Venkaiah Naidu, met Dr. Singh separately in New Delhi on Monday seeking a review of the CRA decision.

The Cauvery Monitoring Committee panel will decide the amount of water to be released from Karnataka after October 15.

The Supreme Court had earlier directed the Karnataka Government to release daily 9,000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu to comply with Dr. Singh-headed Cauvery River Authority (CRA).

An apex court bench of Justices D.K. Jain and Madan Lokur warned Karnataka that if it failed to comply with the CRA directive, it (the bench) will have to pass appropriate orders.

"This is the order passed by the CRA, headed by the Prime Minister. You don't want to comply with it. We are very sorry for the kind of respect you have for the highest authority. You comply with the directive or we will pass the order," the apex bench told the counsel appearing for the Karnataka Government.

The apex court then directed the state to release 9,000 cusecs of water under the distress sharing formula from September 20 to October 15 and sought its reply within a week.

Senior counsel C.S. Vaidyanathan, who appeared for Tamil Nadu, earlier urged the apex court to direct the Union Government under Article 355 of the Constitution to protect the state's interest.

Under Article 355, it is the duty of the Union Government to protect states against external aggression, internal disturbances and to ensure that the governance of the state is carried out in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution.

The apex court was hearing an application by Tamil Nadu to direct Karnataka to release 2-tmc ft of water daily for 24 days till the onset of the northeast monsoon. (ANI)

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