Whatever is your situation, you have to release water to TN, Apex Court diktat to Karnataka

Whatever is your situation, you have to release water to TN, Apex Court diktat to Karnataka

Submitted by alvin on Tue, 2016-09-27 16:50 Bengaluru: In an yet another blow to the state government, the Supreme Court – on Tuesday – directed it to release 6,000 cusecs of water from river Cauvery to Tamil Nadu for the next three days until September 30. During the hearing, the Division Bench comprising Justice Deepak Mishra and Justice Uday U Lalit warned the state government to obey the court orders by releasing the water.Senior Counsel Fali S Nariman, appearing for Karnataka, repeatedly submitted that the state Legislature has unanimously decided not to release the water keeping people’s interests in mind. He explained that the situation in state is critical due to failed monsoon. There is severe water crisis, he pointed out. It will be deprived of even drinking water if water is released to Tamil Nadu. Hence, the state legislature decided not to release water, he said.However, the bench refused to buy the argument questioning the legality of the decision taken against the Supreme Court orders. It directed the state to release the water first and come back again. “Whatever is your decision or situation; this is a question of saving the federal system. You have to release the water,” the bench directed.But counsel Nariman repeatedly appealed saying that the state was not in a position to implement the order and the bench should not enforce any orders. He sought more time to release water so that the situation could improve. He observed that there is neither a binding on the state nor there is any specification to release water during the distress year.The bench questioned the veracity of the state’s submission to release water in November when it was speaking of being in distress. At this, Tamil Nadu counsel in his submission said that the Karnataka state was behaving like a court by refusing to implement the court orders. He appealed to the bench not to hear any arguments by Karnataka until it releases the water.The bench also questioned the Union Government as to why it has not done much to resolve the issue. The union government submitted that the Centre has not received any request from any state or any directions from the court to interfere in the matter.The bench directed Mukul Rohtak, Attorney General of India to ask the Centre to convene a meeting of chief ministers of both the states and resolve the dispute in two days.