The Karnataka government on Monday asked Supreme Court to suspend its September 5 order of releasing water to Tamil Nadu saying the “agony claimed by Tamil Nadu on water crisis not there”.
The Supreme Court, however, expressed its displeasure over the Karnataka government’s failure to implement 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.
The Karnataka government had late Saturday night filed a plea in the apex court seeking an urgent hearing. “Even the minimum arrangement mentioned by your lordships has caused distress and havoc in the entire southern part of Karnataka, paralysing civil life. The agitation of farmers has been that their dry crop is equalled with that of the farmers in Tamil Nadu. Tamil Nadu’s need for the rice crop consumes more than twice the water which is needed for light crops in Karnataka” the application said.
The apex court had, in an interim order, directed Karnataka to release 15,000 cusecs of Cauvery water per day to Tamil Nadu for the next 10 days to ameliorate plight of the farmers there. The court also directed Tamil Nadu to approach the Supervisory Committee, set up to implement award of Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal (CWDT), within three days for the release of Cauvery water as per the final order of the Tribunal.