All-India Congress Committee Offices, Allahabad (Police Search).

Oral Answers to Questions — India. – in the House of Commons on 11th June 1942.

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Photo of Mr Reginald Sorensen Mr Reginald Sorensen , Leyton West

asked the Secretary of State for India whether he has any information respecting the police raid on the Congress offices at Allahabad; what was the object of this action; and whether any prosecution has arisen therefrom?

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Leo Amery Lieut-Colonel Leo Amery , Birmingham Sparkbrook

I understand that in the last week of May the offices of the All-India Congress Committee at Allahabad were searched by the police as a routine operation following the prohibition of the publication of certain Congress resolutions about which I replied to the honourable Member's Question on 7th May. The police carried away copies of the banned resolutions and also certain cyclostyle typewriter machines. I am not aware that any prosecution has followed from this action.

Photo of Mr Reginald Sorensen Mr Reginald Sorensen , Leyton West

Can we take it,' therefore, that the documents apprehended by the police were not all of such a character as would justify a prosecution, and will the right hon. Gentleman obtain, for the use of Members of this House, copies of the resolutions that were apprehended by the police?

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Leo Amery Lieut-Colonel Leo Amery , Birmingham Sparkbrook

The second part I have answered before. I imagine the resolutions were of an undesirable character but not necessarily justifying prosecution.