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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 16, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta court overturns princely rule decree from AP-REUTEK NEW DELHI (CP) Tlie Su- preme Court of India ruled today that Prime Minister Gan- dhi acted unconstitutionally in abolishing princely rank, pay and privileges for 320 princes and maharajahs and ordered them reinstated. Mrs. Gandhi told Parliament her government will continue Hie fight to end the institution of royalty "by an appropriate con- stitutional means." The high court by a vote of 8 to 3 restored million a year in privy purses, royal titles, and such other perquisites as ex- emption from many taxes, free utilities, free medical allow- ances and duty-free imports. Calling the abolition decree by President V. V. Giri "inopera- the court issued a mil of mandamus forbiding further executive action against (he princes and maharajahs. The decision also ordered Uie gov-i eminent to pay the costs of liti- gation. The court's ruling in the class action suit filed by eight maha- rajahs rejected the govern- ment's claim that the president had the power to abojish the privileged class without parlia- mentary assent. The decision held that Giri lias no "political power transcending Uie consti- tution which he may exercise to the prejudice of Uie citizens." PAHUAHENT UPSET Tiie decision threw Parlia- ment into near pandemonium. Rightist opposition leaders de- manded that Mrs. Gandhi's gov- ernment; resign, and leftists and members of her Congress party urged that the legislative ses- sion be extended past Friday's scheduled adjournment for con- sideration of a constitutional amendment to overrule Ihe court. Mrs. Gandhi appeared within an hour after the decision was announced and said. "I assure the House that the government is committed to its policy of abolition of privy purses by an appropriate consti- tutional means. When the entire judgment is available, f am sure it may raise many impor- tant questions." She did not spell out her next move, but some political observ- ers speculated that she might call a new general election with abolition of the former rulers' special status as her chief cam- paign plank. Tiie maharajahs were given their annual stipends and other privileges in an agreement with Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, Mrs. Gandhi's father, when India gained independence from Britain in 1947. In return, the rulers of Ihe princely states surrendered 587.949 square miles of territory and 89 million per cent of India's area and 28 per cent of its the central government. Wednesday, Ducombor 1970 THE lEYHBRIDGE HERAIO 21 I Calgary firemen get pay increase OKAYE WITH KAKE A'ND KIDS Danny Kaye celebrates 24th birthday of UNICEF by sharing cake with one of the representative group of all the world's children after benefit was held by U.S. Committee for UNICEF at New York's Imperial Theater. Kaye is appearing in the musical "Two by Two" at the theater. CALGARY (CP) The Cal- gary Firefighters' Association Tuesday agreed to a 1970-71 contract with the city that will give them the same basic in- crease of 21 per cent tliat city policemen receive over a two- year period. An 11 per cent increase is ef- fective retroactively to .Ian. 1, 1070. as is a 4.5 per cent boost to Nov. 1, Firefighters will get another increase of sit per cent effective April I. 1971. A first-class firefighter will receive, effective April 1, 1971. a month. The rates, in all cases, are a monfh below the salaries received by first- class constables, although the percentages are the same. Tiie firefighters will also re- ceive benefits such as retire- ment after 30 years of service or at age 55, and five weeks vacation after 20 years service. Calgary's firefighters and po- licemen had bi'en working with- j out a contract since Jan. 1. Boozy bosses LONDON (CP) Alcoholism i may be hitting hundreds of top j men in British industry, .says expert Peter Perfect, lie figures i their drink problem cosis mil- lions of pounds a year as in- dustrial j u d g in c i! t s arc im- paired. Perfect blamed tin worn' and frustration of cony petitive work as the main rea- son why men turn lo drink tot relief. HKHSIilllv IJJiES BLOEMFONTE1N, South Af- rica (AP) A swarm of ber- serk bees on a farm near stung to death 14 dogs and oral cats, officials said. CHRISTMAS SPECIAL COMBINATION OFFER 3-Piece BRUSH, COMB AND CURL SET ZellerValue OPEN WED., DEC, 16th and 23rd TILL 6 P.M. 1 47 4 Zeller exclusive! Set includes a fold-up brush and comb, sculp- ture-design hair brush and curler comb. Sturdy plastic bandies, ny- lon brush bristles. EACH World's Easiest Electric Cars! 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