The president, in exercise of his power as the highest executive of the Union government, can make any order and no citizen can complain that the action was without the authority of law, Attorney General Niren De told the Supreme Court. The AG was arguing for the government in the habeas corpus case. De contended that the president’s power to take any action during an emergency under Article 359 was absolute and by such action if a citizen was deprived of his liberty and life, he could not complain that the action was without the procedure established by law. De said the powers under the Constitution to make an order had both legal and constitutional sanction. If this power was exercised and the citizen’s right to move court for relief was taken away, it was perfectly legal and the court had no jurisdiction to grant relief.
Strongly rebutting reports in the foreign media New Delhi categorically stated that there had been “no movement of Indian troops from their peacetime locations anywhere along the Indo-Bangladesh border”. An MEA spokesman described the reports, mainly in The Washington Post, as “persistent, fake intervention, and malicious propaganda against India… obviously intended to heighten tension and misunderstanding…”
Barooah To Stay
D.K. Barooah was to be elected Congress president unopposed on December 29 at the 75th plenary session of the Congress in Chandigarh. His name would be proposed by Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and seconded by all working committee members, pradesh Congress presidents and chief ministers.
Jayaprakash Narayan was invited to attend the two-day sammelan of the Bhoodan silver jubilee commencing at Paunar on December 25, announced the Maharashtra chief minister and chairman of the reception committee, S.B. Chavan, at a press meet.