Bangalore: Karnataka on Sunday asserted it has never violated any Supreme Court order on the Cauvery water sharing issue and rejected the Tamil Nadu's contention that it had committed contempt of court.

"Karnataka government has not violated the Supreme Court order on Cauvery issue. I have never said that I will not release Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu," Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said.

Siddaramaiah said there was a deficit in inflows and storage level in reservoirs in Karnataka and hence it was not feasible for sharing Cauvery water with Tamil Nadu.

"There is hardly any water available in Kabini, Cauvery, Hemavathy and Varahi dams in the state. In this context is it feasible for us to release Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu? We have placed these details before the Apex Court as well," he said.

Siddaramaiah argued that Karnataka was keen on solving the vexed issue with Tamil Nadu through negotiations but the neighbouring state had shown "least interest" in this regard.

On Friday, Chief Minister Jayalalithaa decided to file a contempt petition in Supreme Court against Karnataka for its refusal to release Cauvery water. The decision to approach the Apex Court was taken at a review meeting chaired by the Chief Minister, two-days after the newly appointed Supervisory Committee under the Union Water Resources Ministry rejected the state's demand for release of water from Karnataka.

(JPN/Agencies)

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