Supreme Court modifies Cauvery order

  • Gives some relief to Karnataka

New Delhi: The Supreme Court reduced the quantum of Cauvery water to be released to Tamil Nadu by Karnataka, by 3,000 cusecs while expressing displeasure over poor conduct of law-and-order situation by state machinery. Life went out of gear in Karnataka due to bandh which turned violent in some parts of the state, on Friday last.

Earlier on September 5 the top court ordered Karnataka to release 15,000 cusecs of Cauvery water on daily basis for 10 days. Now is has reduced the quantum to 12,000 cusecs.

Karnataka wanted the court to keep the September 5 order in abeyance for five days. Instead Sc gave some reprieve to the state by modifying the earlier order.

A bench of justice Dipak Misra and UU Lalit also rapped Karnataka for using the law-and-order situation to seek a modification of an SC order.

“Tell your governments they have to implement the order and maintain law and order,” the court told the Karnataka and Tamil Nadu governments.

Karnataka in its plea said the state government was facing “huge public pressure” and police prevented attempts to damage public property during the statewide strikes with great difficulty. It also referred to inputs from security agencies that warned if the current flow was allowed to continue, the situation “may go out of hand”.

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