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Oct 11, 2012 at 05:34pm IST

Can't release Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu: Karnataka to panel

New Delhi: Karnataka on Thursday reiterated its stand on Cauvery water release to Tamil Nadu, informing the Monitoring Committee that it can't release more water to the south Indian state. The Supreme Court will now take up the matter on Friday. The Monitoring Committee report will be sent to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Earlier, Tamil Nadu on Wednesday urged the Supreme Court to initiate contempt proceedings against Karnataka Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar and 6 others for alleged "brazen, willful and deliberate defiance" of the apex court's order to release 9,000 cusecs of water to the State from Cauvery basis.

In an application filed through counsel Umapathi Ganesh, the State said Karnataka's alleged defiance if allowed would lead to total anarchy and jeopardising democracy, judiciary and quasi-federal structure of the Constitution.

Can't release Cauvery water to TN: Karnataka to panel

The Supreme Court will now take up the matter on Friday.

The apex court's order on September 28 had come after the CRA meeting of September 19 had failed to produce a solution as both Karnataka and Tamil Nadu had rejected the award of 9,000 cusecs of water by the PM-headed panel to save the standing crops in the delta region.

(With additional inputs from PTI)

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