Bengaluru, September 12: Modifying the decision given on September 5, the Supreme Court on Monday ordered Karnataka to release 12,000 cusecs of Cauvery water per day to Tamil Nadu till 20 September. The orer came with the regards of Cauvery river water-sharing dispute between the two states.
"Citizens cannot become a law unto themselves. Once the Supreme Court orders something, it is the obligation of the Executive and citizens to obey. Once the Supreme Court passes an order it is obligatory for Executive and citizens to obey it," the court stated. The bench led by Justices Dipak Misra and U.U. Lalit denied the plea by Karnataka to completely stop the release of water. It however agreed on reducing the amount to be released from 15,000 cusecs to 12,000 cusecs a day.
Earlier, Karnataka had filed an affidavit which said, “All the opposition party leaders unanimously agreed not to release water to Tamil Nadu. The chief minister took it upon himself to enforce the court’s order,” to the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court gave a clear indication of denial saying, “Citizens cannot take law on to themselves. It is the obligation of the executive to make sure the court orders are complied with in letter and in spirit.”
Meanwhile, the apex court has urged the states to approach the Supervisory Committee, set up by the apex court to implement the award of Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal. The next date when the case will be heard is September 20.