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Cauvery water dispute: SC to hear contempt plea against Karnataka next week

New Delhi, Oct 14 (): The Congress government on Saturday expressed its displeasure about the functioning of the BJP government in Karnataka for a series of failures in its finding a solution to the water dispute which instead blamed the Prime Minister who is the chairman of the CRA by covering up the entire incident while furnishing the case in the Supreme Court yesterday.

The Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) on Saturday conducted a conference with authoritative and legal professionals in which Union Ministers S M Krishna and Mallikarjuna Kharge also took part. While talking to reporters, KPCC President G Parameshwara said that the state’s September 10 official declaration regarding the approval to release 10,000 cusecs of water from its reservoir to Tamil Nadu was the reason for the ongoing debate. 

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court after adjourning the hearing in the Cauvery water dispute case has decided to hear the contempt plea next week that was filed by Tamil Nadu against Karnataka government.

Following the Karnataka government’s disapproval to follow the direction of the CRA, Tamil Nadu filed a contempt plea against its neighbouring state by arguing whether a state is liable to disobey the order of the Supreme Court which refused to release 9,000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu till Oct 15.

On the other hand, Fali Nariman counsel who appeared on behalf of Karnataka in his argument admitted that even after some of its areas were hit by drought, the state of Karnataka approved to release water to the neighbouring state in order to obey the direction of the top court for releasing 9,000 cusecs of water.

The court however did not accept Karnataka’s statement that it had been cumulatively releasing water for sometime to Tamil Nadu.  ”Karnataka has been releasing very little water one day and the next day released additional water which could have even faced consequences by getting flooded in some areas,” said the court.