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Cauvery row: Protests won't serve any purpose, says Supreme Court

Posted on Oct 08, 09:55PM | IANS

The Supreme Court Monday expressed its anguish over the ongoing agitation in Karnataka over the Cauvery River Authority's direction to release 9,000 cusecs of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu.

Justice D.K. Jain, pointing to the ongoing protests in Karnataka, told senior counsel Fali Nariman, who is heading Karnataka's legal team on the issue, that "all these agitations don't serve any purpose. Sometimes they may spoil a good case".

"What is sensitive is the plight of the farmers," Justice Jain observed, chiding Tamil Nadu's counsel's plea that "this is a very sensitive issue".

"What is sought to be made sensitive is something we don't want to say", Justice Jain said.

"We don't want to say you (Tamil Nadu) are responsible or they are responsible," Justice Jain observed as Tamil Nadu's counsel sought to ward off the allegation that Tamil Nadu was also engaged in the ongoing agitation.

Justice Jain said this in the course of the hearing of the application by Karnataka seeking the modification of the Sep 28 order, saying that it was not in a position to implement it.