Tamil Nadu government on Wednesday filed a contempt petition in the Supreme Court against Chief Minister Siddaramaiah alleging that he had committed contempt of court by taking a defiant stand before the supervisory committee that the final award of the Cauvery Tribunal would not be implemented.

The T.N. government in its petition had also cited Minister for Water Resources M.B. Patil and Chief Secretary S.V. Ranganath as other contemnors.

Tamil Nadu said: “Ever since the passing of the interim order and the final order was rendered by the tribunal, and till date there has been no voluntary release of water by Karnataka during the crucial months of June to September and water was released only when it becomes inevitable for the reason that it could not hold water in its reservoirs, thus releasing surplus flood waters. During the last irrigation year 2012-2013, Karnataka failed to comply with the interim order and did not release the stipulated quantities though it had utilised more than 36.30 tmcft during the period February 1, 2012 to May 31, 2012 for the summer irrigation which Karnataka ought not to have resorted to.”

Tamil Nadu said “It is evident that State of Karnataka is attempting to get over the binding adjudication and avoid the implementation of the final order in letter and spirit with a clear intent to defy the order dated May 10 passed by this court, which was mainly for implementing the final order passed by the tribunal. This clearly amounts to wilful disobedience and contempt of this court.” Further: “The Chief Minister and the Minister for Water Resources of Karnataka and officials of Karnataka have been making statements to the effect that they will not comply with the final order and will not release any water to Tamil Nadu until and unless its four reservoirs are full. The said statements are in utter disregard to the final order which has become a decree of this court by virtue of Section 6(2) of the Inter State Water Disputes Act, 1956 and amounts to gross contempt of this court’s order.”

The State prayed the three contemnors be punished for contempt for wilfully disobeying the tribunal’s decree dated February 5, 2007, with effect from February 19, i.e. the date of publication in the official gazette under Section 6(2) of the Inter-State River Water Disputes Act, 1956; and to direct Karnataka to release water in accordance with the monthly release stipulated in the decree as published in the official gazette.


  • Minister M.B. Patil, Chief Secretary have also been named as contemnors

  • Plea filed for taking a defiant stand before

    the supervisory committee