Staff Reporter

Kochi: A writ petition was filed on Thursday before the Kerala High Court seeking to set aside the agreement amending the Periyar Lease Deed entered into between the Kerala Government and the Tamil Nadu Government in 1970. The petition filed by former Chittur MLA Krishnankutty sought to quash the agreement between the two Governments on the Periyar hydroelectric scheme as well.

The petitioner pointed out that the claims made by the State of Tamil Nadu for the use of water stored in the Mullaperiyar dam could not be countenanced and that the Kerala State was under no obligation to abide by the terms of an agreement that was totally void.