Karnataka CM Shettar to chair all-party meeting on Cauvery dispute

Last Updated: Sat, Sep 29, 2012 17:03 hrs

Karnataka Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar has convened an all-party meeting here on Saturday to discuss the Supreme Court verdict to release 9,000 cusecs of Cauvery water everyday to neighbouring Tamil Nadu.

The Karnataka leaders are expected to discuss the impact of the apex court's order on the state.

The Supreme Court had earlier on Friday directed the Karnataka Government to release 9,000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu to comply with Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan 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.

He said the court may direct deployment of the Army in Karnataka to ensure compliance of the CRA order.

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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