The bench of Justice Dipak Misra and Jutice Uday Umesh Lalit gave the direction while modifying its September 5 order. The court also rejected Karnataka's plea to keep the September 5 order in abeyance.

The Supreme Court also expressed anguish over “tone and tenor” of Karnataka’s plea and said law and order problem can't be ground for not complying with its order. The court said it was the obligation of Karnataka government and people to ensure compliance of the top court's order.

The court also asked the Karnataka and Tamil Nadu governments to ensure that observance of law and order situation by people in both states.

Earlier, massive protests erupted in Karnataka over top court's direction. Sporadic incidents of violence have been also reported from the Bangalore and Mandya.

The cities were shut down for many days to a mark of the protests. The authority was forced to declare holiday for schools and colleges in Mandya, due to protesters staging massive rallies and demonstrations, blocking vehicular traffic on the Bengaluru-Mysuru state highway.

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(With agency inputs)