KARNATAKA

State has two legal options on Cauvery issue: Moily

Special Correspondent

`Arrive at a decision after taking everyone into confidence'

It can file a reference petition before the tribunal seeking clarification It can also file special leave petition before the Supreme Court

BANGALORE: M. Veerappa Moily, Administrative Reforms Commission chairman and former Chief Minister, has observed that Karnataka has still been left with two legal options for getting justice with respect to the Cauvery issue even after the verdict of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal.

In a letter to the Chief Minister, copies of which were released to the press in Bangalore on Saturday, Mr. Moily said Karnataka could file a reference petition before the tribunal seeking clarification on various issues in its final award besides filing a special leave petition before the Supreme Court.

Clarifications

Mr. Moily said he was confident that it was possible to seek clarifications on several crucial issues related to protecting the State's water rights. He recalled that such reference petitions had been filed earlier before the Krishna tribunal and Narmada tribunal.

He stressed the need for taking care to ensure that the situation did not go out of control in Karnataka due to a feeling among the people that the verdict of the tribunal was final and that there was no legal recourse.

`Work expeditiously'

But the above two legal recourses had been provided in the Constitution, Mr. Moily argued.

He urged the Chief Minister to work expeditiously with respect to the Cauvery issue.

Mr. Moily expressed fear that any further delay in arriving at a stand might aggravate the dissatisfaction as well as anxiety among people.

Cautioning that any wrong step or statement on this sensitive issue could affect the rights of Karnataka, he suggested that the State Government should decide the next course of action by taking all political parties and people into confidence.

The suggestions of advocates should also be considered.

Mr. Moily reminded the Chief Minister that the State Government should play an active as well as creative role in handling the situation properly to prevent the flaring up of emotions and also to protect the water share of Karnataka.