Special Correspondent

CHENNAI: A contempt of court petition against Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi was closed at the admission stage itself by the Madras High Court on Monday. “We do not find that any contempt has been committed,” ruled a Division Bench comprising Prafulla Kumar Misra and Justice R. Banumathi.

In his petition, advocate R. Karuppan contended that not releasing water from the Mettur dam for irrigation even after the level reached 95 feet was in violation of the submission of the Government Pleader in court.

Rejecting the submissions, the Bench said: “The statement given by the Government Pleader that the Government would consider water release once it reaches 95 feet cannot be considered as giving an undertaking that water would be released in 10 days…In the so-called undertaking we do not see anything, which specifically states that the water is bound to be released as soon as it reaches 95 feet.”

Referring to Additional Advocate-General P.S. Raman’s submission that a decision had already been taken to release water on July 25, the Judges said if there was any illegality in that decision, it would be open to the petitioner to challenge it before an appropriate forum in accordance with law. They added, “it cannot be said that any contempt has been committed.”