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CHENNAI, 14 JUNE: Upping the ante against Karnataka for its refusal to release Cauvery waters, Tamil Nadu today decided to file a contempt petition in the Supreme Court besides seeking a direction for setting up two regulatory bodies to implement the Cauvery Water Dispute Tribunal’s final award.
Slamming Karnataka&’s stand that the Supervisory Committee on Cauvery was not properly formed and it cannot take any decisions, Chief Minister Jayalalithaa said this amounts to contempt of court. The decision to approach the SC on the issue was taken at a review meeting chaired by Miss Jayalaithaa, two days after the newly appointed Supervisory Committee under the Union water resources ministry rejected the state’s demand for release of water from Karnataka.
Miss Jayalalithaa in a statement here said, her government would also file another petition in the SC praying for immediate appointment of Cauvery Management Board and Cauvery Water Regulatory Committee in compliance of the final award of the tribunal. “The Supervisory Committee on Cauvery water sharing issue was formed after Karnataka consented to it. But, the neighbouring state is now adopting a stand that it is not properly formed and it cannot take decisions. This clearly demonstrates that Karnataka is not interested in sharing water,” Miss Jayalalithaa charged.
The Cauvery Supervisory Committee at its 12 June meeting, rejected Tamil Nadu’s demand for its share of water, saying it was not feasible given the deficit inflows and storage level in reservoirs in Karnataka. The panel, however, had promised Tamil Nadu that it would review the situation during the first week of July, which was not acceptable to the state.