Bengaluru, Oct 24: The Supreme Court on Monday granted Centre time till Wednesday to file its written submissions in the Cauvery Waters case. The Centre on the last date of hearing was directed to file its written submissions.
The Supreme Court had last week reserved orders on whether the appeal against the Cauvery Waters Tribunal award was maintainable or not. The Centre had argued that the appeal was not maintainable. It stated that the tribunal's order once published was final and hence both Karnataka and Tamil Nadu had to abide by the same.
Karnataka had, however, contended that the appeal must be heard. Karnataka stated that it had filed the appeal against the award of the tribunal before the same was published. Hence the special leave petition is maintainable. Tamil Nadu too, on the hand hand, had filed an appeal against the tribunal's award.
On the last date of hearing, the court directed Karnataka to release 2,000 cusecs of water daily to Tamil Nadu till maintainability of the appeals filed by Karnataka and Tamil Nadu is decided.
The tribunal in its final award had determined the usable quantum of water of the Cauvery at 740 tmcft. Karnataka is entitled to 270 tmcft, Tamil Nadu to 419 tmcft, Kerala 30 tmcft, Puducherry 7 tmcft and 14 tmcft is meant for environmental purposes, the tribunal had said.