SC to hear TN's plea on Cauvery on August 17

The Supreme Court is to hear on August 17 the Tamil Nadu government’s plea seeking direction to hold immediate meeting of Cauvery River Authority (CRA) to resolve its dispute for sharing of the river water with Karnataka.

A bench headed by Justice D K Jain did not issue any immediate direction, but decided to hear the application on August 17.

Senior advocate C S Vaidyanathan, appearing for Tamil Nadu wanted direction to be issued to the prime minister for holding the meeting of the CRA as Karnataka was allegedly not releasing river water as mandated by the tribunal in 2007.

The court observed that it could not issue any direction to the prime minister.
Vaidyanathan, on this, submitted that the apex court could definitely make a request to the PM.

Meanwhile, senior advocate F S Nariman, appearing for Karnataka, submitted that the state was agreeable to the early meeting of the CRA being called but it reserved its right to raise all its contentions before the river authority.

The Tamil Nadu government had earlier on March 23 sought direction to restrain Karnataka from resorting to summer irrigation or drawing water from the four main reservoirs.

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