The Supreme Court on Monday gave partial relief to Karnataka, modifying its September 5 order. The apex court has now directed the state to release 12,000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu as opposed to 15,000 cusecs that it earlier ordered. The modified order comes after the Karnataka government on Saturday evening sought an urgent hearing over the Cauvery dispute.
The apex court, however, rejected Karnataka’s plea that the earlier order, asking it to release 15,000 cusecs Cauvery water per day, be kept in abeyance.
In its petition filed late Saturday evening, Karnataka argued that Tamil Nadu was not facing any agony but the Supreme Court bench expressed its displeasure over Karnataka government’s failure in implementing its order. Justice Dipak Mishra observed: “Citizens and executive of this country have to accept and obey orders of the Supreme Court unless it is modified. If the court passes an order, either comply or come for modification. People cannot take law into their hand,” news agency ANI reported.
Violent protests were reported in parts of Karnataka and Tamil over the Cauvery water dispute. Earlier on Monday, a hotel in Tamil Nadu was attacked by a Tamil rebel group that hurled petrol bombs at it. Vehicles with Karnataka registration plates were also attacked. A Tamil engineering student was also thrashed in Bengaluru on Sunday.