SC pulls up Karnataka for failing to comply with CRA directive

NewDelhi:The Supreme Court on Friday pulled up the Karnataka government for failing to comply with the Prime Minister-headed Cauvery River Authority’s (CRA) directive to release 9,000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu.

A bench of justices DK Jain and Madan Lokur warned Karnataka that if it failed to comply with the CRA directive, it (the bench) will have to pass appropriate orders.
“This is the order passed by the CRA, headed by the Prime Minister. You don’t want to comply with it. We are very sorry for the kind of respect you have for the highest authority. You comply with the directive or we will pass the order,” the bench told the counsel appearing for the Karnataka government.

The apex court then directed the state to release 9,000 cusecs of water under the distress sharing formula from September 20 to October 15 and sought its reply within a week.Earlier senior counsel CS Vaidyanathan, appearing for Tamil Nadu, urged the apex court to direct the Union government under Article 355 of the Constitution to protect the state’s interest.