Karnataka holding consultations with legal experts

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Mysore, Nov 8 (UNI) Karnataka water resources Minsiter Basavaraj Bommai today said the state government will be holding consultations with eminent legal experts in New Delhi who have taken up cases of Karnataka on possibe legal measures to be taken in case the Tamil Nadu government goes ahead with the controversial Hogenakal project.

Speaking to newsmen, he said the government was examining whether to file a fresh suit against the implementation of the project or take up the case on the basis of boundary dispute, , however,. The legal action against the project would be decided based on the Centre's reply to the state government request on holding back the project until the matter was settled amicably he added.

The Minsiter said Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa will be leading a delegation to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh shortly to express the state's concerns over the prouect and seek his intervention to resolve the matter. Based on the PM's reply, the state would decide on its next course of action, he added.

The political party which was ruling in Tamil Nadu should not allegedly misuse its position in the UPA government at the Centre and help resolve the case amicably, he aded.

He said the state has decided to make an appeal to the Japanase agency which was funding the Hoganakal project not to provide financial asistance to the project since there was a dispute between the two states on the project, after collecting complete details of the project, a formal appeal would be made to the funding agency he said.

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