New Delhi, Dec 4: Tamil Nadu Tuesday told the Supreme Court that rabi crop in the state would die if Cauvery river water was not released by Karnataka, which, in turn, dubbed the neighbour’s plea for water as “not maintainable”.
As Tamil Nadu sought to assail Karnataka’s stand on not releasing the Cauvery water to the lower riparian state, Karnataka told the apex court bench of Justice D.K. Jain and Justice Madan B. Lokur that the application of Tamil Nadu seeking court’s directions for release of water was not maintainable as it was not strictly legal concerning inter-State disputes.
Senior counsel C.S. Vaidyanathan, appearing for Tamil Nadu, told the court that “entire agriculture season is from June to January. They had two crops (kharif and rabi). I did not have even one”.
The court is hearing a batch of petitions and applications filed by Karnataka and Tamil Nadu on the release of 9,000 cusecs of water daily from Cauvery for Tamil Nadu.
The Cauvery River Authority headed by the prime minister in an interim award Sep 19 directed Karnataka to release for Tamil Nadu 9,000 cusecs of water every day.