The Supreme Court on Friday permitted Kerala and Tamil Nadu to get copies of the report submitted by the monitoring committee on the Mullaperiyar dam row.

A five-judge Constitution Bench of the court headed by Justice D.K. Jain, while permitting the two warring States to get copies of the report in a sealed cover, posted the matter for further hearing to July 23.

Senior counsel Harish Salve and Rajiv Dhawan, both appearing for Kerala, told the Bench that the State was willing to evolve a “political consensus” on the vexed dam issued.

“Both States should sit together and evolve a political consensus on the issue,” the counsel told the Bench, which responded by saying, “We can only wish and hope.”

The Empowered Committee had submitted its report to the apex court in a sealed cover on April 25.