State given 3-week time for rejoinder

Contending that it was only a recommendation and not an order by the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal, the State government on Friday strongly opposed in the Supreme Court Tamil Nadu’s demand for constitution of the Cauvery Management Board (CMB).

Time for rejoinder

A Bench of Justices R.M. Lodha and S.J. Mukhopadhaya, taking on record Karnataka’s reply, granted three weeks’ time to Tamil Nadu to file its rejoinder. Senior counsel C.S. Vaidyanathan appeared for Tamil Nadu and senior counsel Anil Divan represented Karnataka.

Futile exercise: T.N.

Tamil Nadu had contended that the constitution of the Supervisory Committee had become a futile exercise as Karnataka had raised several issues in the meeting. Karnataka was thus attempting to get over the binding adjudication and avoid the implementation of the final order in letter and spirit.

Karnataka, in its reply, said that no direction had been given by the tribunal for the constitution of the CMB and the “recommendation remains a recommendation”.

Even the recommendation was a subject matter of challenge in the pending appeal before this court, it said.

“Constitution of Supervisory Committee had become a futile exercise’’