Supreme Court orders release of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu, Karnataka refuses to comply

Despite the Karnataka government defying the Supreme Court’s directive twice to release water from Cauvery basin to Tamil Nadu, the apex court passed fresh orders for immediate release of 6000 cusecs of water every day till October 6.

Asking the central government to constitute and make functional the Cauvery Management Board in three days, the court observed that it wouldn’t want a situation where “wrath of law will have to follow”. It ordered the board to assess the ground realities and submit a report next week. However, Karnataka remained defiant on the issue and eminent lawyer Fali S Nariman withdrew as the state counsel, citing its refusal to comply with the court order.

On Thursday, Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti failed to broker a deal between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu over the Cauvery dispute. However, Bharti requested the two sides to resolve the issue outside and move the Supreme Court with a solution to the problem. The union minister went on to add that she would sit on an indefinite hunger strike if tension prevails across the Karnataka-Tamil Nadu border.

Karnataka Chief Minister yesterday requested the Centre to constitute an expert committee to study the availability of water the Cauvery reservoir. Earlier, the state defied court orders twice, expressing its inability to release water to Tamil Nadu as it doesn’t have sufficient amount to meet its drinking needs.

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