Chennai: Tamil Nadu government on Friday decided to file a contempt petition in Supreme Court against Karnataka for its refusal to release Cauvery water.

Slamming the stand of Karnataka that the Supervisory Committee on Cauvery was not properly formed and it cannot take any decisions, Chief Minister Jayalalithaa said, "This amounts to contempt of court.”

The decision to approach the Apex Court on the vexed issue 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.

The Committee, however, had promised Tamil Nadu that it would review the situation during the first week of July.

“We will also file another petition in the Supreme Court requesting immediate appointment of Cauvery Management Board (CMB) and Cauvery Water Regulatory Committee (CWRC).” Jayalalithaa said.

(Agencies)

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