New Delhi, Oct 4: The Supreme Court today directed Karnataka to release 2,000 cusecs of Cauvery water daily to Tamil Nadu from October 7 to 18th. The directive was issued after the Supreme Court had granted Karnataka one hours time to decide on how much water it could release between October 7 to 18.
Further the Supreme Court constituted the supervisory panel and directed it to visit the Cauvery basin.
It has told the panel to visit the Cauvery basin and submit a ground report by October 17. The court also appointed Syed Masood Hussain as the chairman of the Cauvery Supervisory Committee replacing Shashi Shekhar.
The court also listed for October 18 hearing on the appeals filed by the states of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka challenging the order of the 2007 award of the Cauvery Waters Tribunal.
The court also heard the intelocutory application filed by the union government which had questioned the setting up of the Cauvery Management Board.
The centre told the SC that it had not jurisdiction to order the setting up of the board as it was the legislature's duty. The court has adjourned hearing on this matter while seeking a report from the Cauvery Supervisory Committee by October 17.
During the course of the arguments, Fali S Nariman senior counsel appearing for the state of Karnataka sought to know how the quantum of water to be released was being decided by the Supreme Court.
To this, Justice Dipak Mishra replied, " mathematics." Nariman shot back and said, " your mathematics are not enough to decide on the quantum of water to be released. Be aware of the ground realities, " Nariman also said. He further said that he has faced a lot of criticism after the court had decided to order the release of water.