New Delhi: The Supreme Court will hear the Karnataka government's petition today seeking reconsideration of its September 28 directive to obey Prime Minister Manmohan Singh-led Cauvery River Authority's order to release 9,000 cusecs of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu.
The apex court had rapped the state for not obeying the September 19 order of the Prime Minister, who is the chairman of the Cauvery River Authority.
An apex court bench of Justices D.K. Jain and Madan Lokur had 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.