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K'taka to get legal on Cauvery issue


Deepa Balakrishnan,CNN-IBN
Feb 24, 2007 at 11:27pm IST

Bangalore: The Cauvery water dispute is an issue that unites leaders from all factions of all political parties in Karnataka.

Members of the ruling and Opposition parties and a farmers' organisations on Saturday attended an all-party meeting to discuss the effects of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal's order.

And the call to take legal recourse against the Tribunal's order was a unanimous one. "We've unanimously resolved that its detrimental to interest of Karnataka. Whatever injustice has been done by this award has to be corrected," says Karnataka home minister, M P Prakash.

"Within the legal framework, we have to exhaust all remedies and the suggestions have to be given by legal experts. The government must see that injustice is corrected," he adds.

The Tribunal had ordered that Karnataka release 192 thousand million cubic feet of water to Tamil Nadu every year from its Biligundlu gauging station, which is 12 more than what it has been releasing the last 15 years.

The three options through which Karnataka can assure that it gets a fair deal are — to go to the Supreme Court with a special leave petition appeal, to approach the SC with a fresh lawsuit or to go back to the Tribunal and ask it to review its ruling.

"At this juncture, we can't explain the possibilities which we are going to proceed. We've given legal experts all freedom. There is 90 days' time within which we have to go against it," says chief minister of Karnataka, H D Kumaraswamy.

Nearly three weeks after the Cauvery water sharing order, the Karnataka government continues to consider its options without coming out with a conclusive decision on its next step.

And that has got legal experts worried that Tamil Nadu may take the first step in questioning the Tribunal's order and reap more benefits.

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