The Supreme Court was scheduled to deliver its verdict on the Cauvery issue on February 5, but now it has been postponed to February 23. Sources said that  tight police security will be provided at the borders and sensitive areas in Karnataka and Tamiil Nadu, before the verdict is annlunced.

However, police security was beefed up around KRS Dam, from where the water is supplied to various parts of Karnataka as well as for Tamil Nadu today too, to avoid any untoward instances, as the verdict was expected to be out Feb 5. 

A three-judge bench of the Supreme Court had reserved its verdict on the appeals by the states of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala against the 2007 award of the Cauvery Water Dispute Tribunal (CWDT) on sharing of water, after the hearing on September 20, 2017. 

Mandya SP C Radhika had stated that KSRP, DR squads have been deployed around the KRS Dam. CCTV cameras had been installed at sensitive places. The security has been provided taking into consideration the violence that had erupted after SC's September verdict, which had asked Karnataka to release water to Tamil Nadu.

In its earlier verdict, the Supreme Court had rejected the Tamil Nadu’s appeal for permitting to submit an intermediate application to get its alleged pending share of the Cauvery water.

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Justice Deepak Mishra led 3-member bench heard the application by the Tamil Nadu questioning the judgement ruled by the Supreme Court Chief Justice and the Cauvery Water Distribution Tribunal. Consul for Tamil Nadu had argued that Karnataka is yet to release Tamil Nadu’s share of 53 TMC water from Cauvery and requested to submit an intermediate application.

Rejecting the appeal, justice Deepak Mishra said the Cauvery water distribution hearing had been completed, and the judgement is set aside. At this juncture, no intermediate application is not permissible.

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The Supreme Court has completed the inquiry into the appeal by Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala questioning the judgement ruled by the Cauvery Tribunal in 2017, on Sep 20 and the judgement is set aside. The judgement is expected to be pronounced by Feb end.

Last year also, the Tamil Nadu government had appealed to the SC through intermediate application alleging Karnataka had not released adequate water from Cauvery. That had resulted in SC ruling that water must be released. Following the order, a serious law and order situation and acute water scarcity had resulted in the State.

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