Bengaluru, Sep 15: The Supreme Court reminded both Karnataka and Tamil Nadu that it is the sacred duty of the state to ensure that no agitation, damage or destruction to property takes place.
The observations were made by the Supreme Court which is hearing a petition that sought the intervention of the Supreme Court to improve the law and order situation in both Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.
Earlier in the day, Justice C Nagappan recused himself from hearing the petition following which the matter was posted before a new Bench. [Cauvery Row: Security increased in Srirampura, Okalipuram, Shivajinagar and Prakashnagar]
The Supreme Court said that no one is permitted to protest against a court order. We hope that wisdom prevails on both the states and peace is maintained.
Further Bench also said that both Karnataka and Tamil Nadu should be ready with answers when the court hears the matter on September 20. [Cauvery row: How Bengaluru coped with curfew]
The Supreme Court has posted for September 20 hearing a petition by Karnataka which said it cannot release more water to Tamil Nadu. On the last date of hearing while directing the release of water, the matter had been adjourned to 20th of September.
The Bench sought to know why both the states were unable to control the situation. There were protests both in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka and the court sought to know why the mobs could not be controlled.
The court once again reiterated that strikes, bandhs or agitations cannot take place against the order of this court.
The petitioner said in the aftermath of the Cauvery Waters interim order both states have witnessed violence and the situation is likely to worsen if the court does not intervene.
The situation is already volatile and hence the court must step in and issue directions to ensure that law and order is maintained. Further, the petitioner also seeks the court's direction to both states to act against all those persons who have indulged in violence.