Supreme Court raps Karnataka for defying orders on Cauvery water release

Friday, Sep 30, 2016,17:32 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

New Delhi | Taking Karnataka to task for its repeated “defiance” by flouting its orders for release of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu, Supreme Court today asked it to discharge 6,000 cusecs water from tomorrow till October 6, warning no one would know when the “wrath of the law” would fall on it.

The apex court gave the last opportunity to the Siddaramiah government to release 6,000 cusecs of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu from October 1-6, despite a unanimous resolution passed by both house of Assembly.

“Karnataka despite being a state is flouting the order and creating a situation when the majesty of law is dented. We would have proceeded to take steps for strict compliance of the order but we have directed Cauvery Water Management Board to first study the ground realities and submit a report,” a bench of Justices Dipak Misra and U U Lalit said.

“Karnataka shall not be bent upon to take an obstinate and stand of defiance as one does not know when wrath of the law will fall upon them,” the bench said while directing the Centre to constitute the Cauvery Water Management Board by October 4.
It ordered all the stakeholders – Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Pudduchery – to give names by 4 pm tomorrow of their representatives to be included in the board which would be chaired by the Union Water Resources Minister.

“We assume that Karnataka being a part of the federal structure of the country shall live upto the occasion and not show any deviancy till report of ground reality is submitted by the Cauvery Water Management Board,” the court said.

The bench reminded Karnataka that it is bound by Article 144 of the Constitution and “aid in compliance” of the order of the Supreme Court.

“On plain reading of Article 144, it is clear as crystal that all authorities are bound to work in aid of Supreme Court and they are bound to obey the orders of Supreme Court but unfortunately Karnataka being a state is flouting the orders of the court,” the bench said.
At the outset, senior advocate F S Nariman, representing Karnataka, referred to the communications between him and the Chief Minister Siddaramiah.

Senior advocate Shekhar Naphade, appearing for Tamil Nadu, expressed anguish on behalf of the state saying Karnataka has already made up its mind that it is not going to comply with the apex court directions.