Nariman may not appear for state today

Nariman may not appear for state today

Fali S Nariman, head of Karnataka’s legal team in inter-state river water dispute cases, is unlikely to appear for the state in Supreme Court on Friday when the Cauvery water dispute case comes up for hearing.

Though Nariman will attend the hearing, he might seek the court’s permission to relieve him of the responsibility of appearing as a senior counsel for Karnataka government, a source told DH.

When the Supreme Court had asked Karnataka to release 6,000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu from September 28 to 30, Nariman is said to have had suggested to the state to comply with the order. He is learnt to have suggested that if the state complies with the apex court order now, it would help in escape the court's reprimand for not obeying its order.

According to legal experts, if a client fails to honour the court’s order, the counsel can ask the court’s permission to relieve him of the responsibility of appearing for a particular client, as an advocate is also treated as a court officer.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, Law Minister T B Jayachandra and Water Resources Minister M B Patil, who are in Delhi, met Nariman late Thursday night and tried to convince him to appear for the state.

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