Chennai: The state government has initiated contempt proceedings in the Supreme Court against the Central Water Commission (CWC), Karnataka water resources minister D.K. Shivakumar and others for allegedly violating the top court's order on the Mekedatu matter.
The case filed by the government on Wednesday pertains to the permission granted on Nov. 26 to Karnataka's Cauvery Neeravari Nigam Ltd to prepare a detailed project report (DPR) for a balancing reservoir cum drinking water project across the Cauvery river at Mekedatu. The government requested the court to summon the respondents and “punish (them) for contempt for willfully disobeying” the top court's decision. The contempt petition was moved in the interest of farmers in the State, it was said. It may be recalled the Tamil Nadu government, on Nov. 27, had asked Prime Minister Modi to direct the CWC to withdraw the permission granted to Karnataka to prepare the DPR for the ` 5,912-crore project.