Sanjay Gandhi clarified that his remarks about communists in an interview were his personal views. He didn’t mean to make a sweeping statement about a party, he said, adding that he was not used to newspaper interviews. “I do not agree with the communists but I must admit their workers are dedicated to their cause and willing to sacrifice for it… The CPI supported and worked wholeheartedly for progressive policies, specially those affecting the poor people,” he said.
Income-tax raids at the premise belonging to Vijaya Raje Scindia of Gwalior and other members of the former ruling family revealed “extensive tax evasion and concealed wealth”, according to a press release. Documents indicating transfer of “substantial amounts” of funds in a “surreptitious manner” out of India were seized during the search of the palace, it claimed. Officials said the taxmen discovered silver and silver articles, worth more than the value declared by the assessees in their wealth returns. Scindia was a senior leader of the Jana Sangh, which was politically aligned against the Congress.
If Parliament erodes the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court, which is the final guardian of the essential features of the Constitution, it would affect the basic features of the Constitution and the court has jurisdiction to strike down such an amendment, Shanti Bhushan, counsel for Raj Narain, argued in the apex court in the context of the validity of the 39th amendment. If equality before the law was the principle of the Constitution, then the 39th amendment struck at the very roots of the Constitution, he told the court.
CPI on Emergency
The national council of the CPI unanimously endorsed the leadership’s stand, giving full backing to the Emergency and Indira Gandhi’s economic programme.