India (Administration of Justice, Calcutta).

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland. – in the House of Commons at on 26 July 1934.

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Photo of Mr Valentine McEntee Mr Valentine McEntee , Walthamstow West

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asked the Secretary of State for India whether he will at the earliest opportunity institute an inquiry as to the alleged serious irregularities in the adminstration of justice in Calcutta Police Court by the honourable S. K. Sinha, chief presidency magistrate, particularly in regard to the large percentage of appeals to the High Court where his decisions have been reversed?

Photo of Mr R.A. Butler Mr R.A. Butler , Saffron Walden

I have nothing to add to the answers given to the right hon. and gallant Member for Newcastle-under-Lyme (Colonel Wedgwood) and the hon. Member for East Dorset (Mr. Hall-Caine) on 24th July.

Photo of Mr Valentine McEntee Mr Valentine McEntee , Walthamstow West

What is the actual percentage of cases heard by the chief magistrate which have been reversed on appeal?

Photo of Mr R.A. Butler Mr R.A. Butler , Saffron Walden

I have not that information. Perhaps the hon. Member will put down a Question.

Photo of Mr Valentine McEntee Mr Valentine McEntee , Walthamstow West

Have 75 per cent. of these cases in fact been reversed?

Photo of Mr R.A. Butler Mr R.A. Butler , Saffron Walden

I have informed the hon. Member that I have no information on the subject.

Photo of Major Thomas Jesson Major Thomas Jesson , Rochdale

Is not this gentleman now in London and could he not be taken to the India Office and taught his duties?