Bengaluru, Oct 3: With senior counsel, Fali S Nariman refusing to argue the Cauvery waters matter for Karnataka, the government is in talks with Kapil Sibal. Nariman had told the Supreme Court last week that he would not argue the case for Karnataka as it was not following the orders of the court.
Karnataka had decided not to follow the directive of the Supreme Court which had told the state to release water to Tamil Nadu. Karnataka had passed a resolution stating that it would release water only for drinking purposes.
On the last date of hearing the Supreme Court came down very heavily on Karnataka and warned that if its orders were not complied with then they would have to face the wrath of the law.
Sources say that with Nariman refusing to appear in this case, senior counsel Kapil Sibal is likely to argue for Karnataka on October 6. The source also said that Sibal had already been briefed about the case and in all likelihood he would be making submissions for the state.
While Sibal will argue this case, Nariman would continue appearing for the state in the main case. Karnataka has filed a special leave petition in the Supreme Court challenging the order of the Cauvery Waters Tribunal. The SLP is likely to come up in the second week of October.