Ministers, officials meet lawyers on eve of Cauvery plea hearing

Ministers, officials meet lawyers on eve of Cauvery plea hearing

A day before the Supreme Court hearing of the Cauvery water issue, anxious Karnataka ministers and officials held a brainstorming session with legal experts here on Monday.

Law Minister T B Jayachandra rushed from Bengaluru and joined his colleague Water Resources Minister M B Patil for a meeting with the state’s legal team headed by senior counsel Fali S Nariman. Chief secretary Arvind Jadhav, Water Resources Department secretary Rakesh Singh and other officials were present.

The Apex Court will take up the matter over objections filed by Karnataka and Tamil Nadu to its September 20 order, asking Karnataka to release 6,000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu  daily till September 27. 

The meeting also discussed  Tamil Nadu’s fresh petition, urging the SC not to take up any plea by Karnataka, till the latter complies with its September 20 order.

“Karnataka will convince the Supreme Court about its difficulty in releasing more water, due to poor storage in its Cauvery basin reservoirs and also explain to it the resolution passed by the state legislature,” said Jayachandra.

“We are confident that our legal team will convince the court that the state is not willfully disobeying the court direction,” he said.

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