SC junks state's plea to review Sept 20 order on Cauvery water release

Court says the application does not survive now

SC junks state's plea to  review Sept 20 order on Cauvery water release

The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed a plea made by Karnataka to review the September 20 order for release of 6,000 cusecs of Cauvery river water everyday to Tamil Nadu.

The court said the application does not survive now, as the direction stood modified and several other orders have since then been passed.

“We do not think that it is of any warrant to review the order...situations having been changed, the application does not survive,” a bench of Justices Dipak Misra and U U Lalit said.

The apex court had later reduced the quantity of water Karnataka has to release to 2,000 cusecs every day.

Karnataka, represented by Advocate General Madhusudan R Naik, agreed to the view taken by the court. Appearing for Tamil Nadu, senior advocate Shekhar Naphade, however, submitted the state was facing drinking water shortage and people's right to life was getting affected as Karnataka was not releasing water.

To this, the court said that since the civil appeal challenging the 2007 decision of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal has already been fixed for consideration for detailed hearing, it would not go into all these issues.

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