Cauvery row: Release water or face the wrath of the law, SC tells Karnataka
New Delhi, Sept 30: Warning Karnataka that the wrath of the law would fall upon it if orders are not followed, the Supreme Court ordered the state to release 6,000 cusecs of Cauvery water daily to Tamil Nadu between October 1 and 6. "One knows not when the wrath of the law will fall upon him," a bench compromising Justices Dipak Mishra and UU Lalit observed.
The Supreme Court also ordered the constitution of the Cauvery Management Board (CMB) by October 4 and directed the centre to do the same. Further it said that the CMB will visit Karnataka and Tamil Nadu on October 4 and 5 to assess the ground sitiuation.
The court has directed the CMB to report to it on October 6.
The court took serious note of Karnataka not following its orders. Karnataka had passed a resolution to release water only for drinking purposes in Cauvery basin and Bengaluru. The Bench said: "This is your last chance to follow the orders or else face the wrath of the law."
The Bench also told Karnataka that it must not forget that it is part of India.
"You must obey the law. Article 144 of the Indian Constitution mandates that everyone follows the orders of the Supreme Court. It is unfortunate that you are defying orders of the Supreme Court in flagrant violation of the Constitution. This is the last time we are ordering you," the Bench said.