The Supreme Court dismissed a petition seeking to initiate contempt proceedings against Jayaprakash Narayan. The petitioner alleged that JP had, in a public speech in Delhi on June 25, made certain references that constituted contempt of the Supreme Court “as they scandalised or tried to scandalise, or lower or tend to lower the authority of this honourable court”. Chief Justice A.N. Ray, sitting with Justice M.H. Beg and Justice S.N. Shinghal were not inclined to admit it.
JP in Jaslok
JP spent the day “very comfortably”, according to a medical bulletin issued by Jaslok Hospital. He sat in the balcony near his room for some time in the morning and evening. He appeared “very much relaxed and is quite cheerful”, the bulletin added.
India Defeats Japan
India recorded their 13th successive Davis Cup triumph over Japan by winning the second round Eastern Zone tie by three matches to two at the Denen Coliseum Outdoor Clay Tennis Court in Tokyo. India would face the Philippines next. Japan last beat India in 1930. Vijay Amritraj beat Toshiro Sakai, the 1973 Asian singles champion, 3-6, 6-0, 6-4, 6-3, in the first of the two final-day singles to give India an unbeatable 3-1 lead.
UN On Apartheid
The UN General Assembly passed a resolution condemning South Africa and nations that aid the White minority government. It urged South Africa’s main trading partners to “cease collaboration with the racist regime” and help eradicate Apartheid. Britain, the US, Japan, West Germany, Italy, France were specifically mentioned as South Africa’s main trading partners.
Bangla Envoy To Pak
Bangladesh named Zahiruddin, a Supreme Court advocate, as its first ambassador to Pakistan. Zahiruddin, 58, was a member of the Constituent Assembly of Pakistan.