Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan on Monday told the Legislative Assembly that in a respite, the Supreme Court had accepted the State government's application to amend the petition on the transfer of border areas from Karnataka and given it four weeks' time to file a revised petition.

Responding to demands for a discussion on the border dispute with Karnataka from MLAs, Mr. Chavan assured the Assembly that the State would present a strong case in the apex court. A discussion on the issue is slated for Tuesday in the Assembly.

The Supreme Court granted the application for amendment filed by the Maharashtra government in the Maharashtra- Karnataka border dispute case on Monday.

The hearing came up in the wake of the petitioners claiming that 865 villages were “wrongly merged” with the State of Karnataka. The Union of India and Karnataka had opposed the amendment made in the original suit filed by Maharashtra.

Maharashtra filed a suit in March 2004 seeking the merger of 865 villages from Karnataka.

Later, in February 2009, an application for amendment to the original suit of March 2004 was made.