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New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday said it is within the court’s jurisdiction to hear appeals against the 2007 Cauvery Tribunal award.

“Appeals are maintainable, will be heard from 15 December," the court said.

The court’s order indicates the start of another round of legal battle, perhaps the final one for the southern states over Cauvery water.

A bench comprising justices Dipak Misra, Amitava Roy and A.M. Khanwilkar also said that the interim order directing Karnataka to release 2,000 cusecs of Cauvery water everyday to Tamil Nadu will continue till further orders.

In October, the court had reserved its verdict after the Centre and Puducherry opposed the appeals saying that the Constitution expressly ousts the jurisdiction of the apex court in inter-state river water disputes.

In 2007, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala filed appeals against the verdict of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal. The award was notified by the government in 2013.

Karnataka had contested the final verdict of the disputes tribunal, arguing a major share of the water will go to Tamil Nadu, leaving almost six Karnataka districts, including Bengaluru, without enough water for drinking and farming.

Tamil Nadu’s claims are based on agreements executed between then governments of Mysore and Madras in 1892 and 1924, which the tribunal says cannot be held as “invalid".

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