HC Deb 28 January 1878 vol 237 c529

asked the Under Secretary of State for India, If it is true that Mr. Oliphant, Private Secretary to Sir Salar Jung, was summarily dismissed by order of the Indian Government, in opposition to the wishes of Sir Salar Jung; and, if so, whether he will state to the House the reasons for that course of proceeding, and will lay upon the Table the Papers and Correspondence relating to his dismissal?


Sir, by a well-known Treaty, negotiated in 1798, between the British Government and the Government of the Nizam, no European is permitted to enter into the service of the Nizam, or to remain in Hyderabad territory, except with the consent of the British Government. Subject to these provisions, Mr. Oliphant became some time back Sir Salar Jung's secretary. The Government of India having recently reason to believe that Mr. Oliphant's presence at Hyderabad was not conducive to a good understanding between the two Governments considered it necessary to withdraw the sanction previously given to his employment. The Secretary of State does not consider this a matter upon which, with advantage to public interests, Papers could be laid upon the Table of the House.