Cauvery verdict: Siddaramaiah says decision on review petition to be taken after consulting legal team

Bengaluru: The Karnataka government will take a decision in consultation with the state legal team on filing a review petition on the final judgement given by the Supreme Court on the sharing of Cauvery water, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said on Thursday.

File image of Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah. Twitter@siddaramaiah

File image of Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah. Twitter@siddaramaiah

The decision will be taken in consultation with our legal team headed by Nariman and Shyam Diwan," he told reporters after an all-party meeting here.

BJP and JDS leaders also attended the meeting which was convened to discuss the government's next course of action in the wake of the apex court judgment on the Cauvery issue.

In its judgment in February, the apex court had raised the 270 tmcft share of Cauvery water for Karnataka by 14.75 tmcft and reduced Tamil Nadu's share, while compensating it by allowing extraction of 10 tmcft groundwater from the river basin.

Likewise, the government would also take a decision on the type of dispute redressal forum to implement the Cauvery schemes, Siddaramaiah said.

"We are expecting the inputs from central government on the formation of dispute redressal forum, and based on that we will give our opinion in consultation with our legal team," he said.

Though the apex court has directed to form one such forum, it need not be Cauvery water management board alone, but may be any sort of a committee, temporary and permanent, Siddaramaiah said.

He also said Karnataka's appeal had been partly allowed by the Supreme Court which has allotted 14.75 TMC ft more to the state while Tamil Nadu was allowed to extract 10 tmcft, out of 20 tmcft groundwater.

The central government has called the chief secretaries of all riparian states—Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry—to New Delhi to discuss this mechanism on Friday.

Published Date: Mar 08, 2018 22:35 PM | Updated Date: Mar 08, 2018 22:35 PM

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