HC Deb 16 June 1884 vol 289 c426

asked the Under Secretary of State for India, On what grounds the Government of Madras has opposed the application made by Vijiaragharea Chariar to the High Court for permission to prosecute the Crown witnesses in the Salem Riot case for perjury; and, whether, as the High Court, having satisfied themselves that Vijiaragharea Chariar had made out a case for inquiry, and ruled that these witnesses be prosecuted for perjury, the Government of Madras was justified in opposing the investigation into such serious charges against Crown witnesses, on whose evidence he, Vijiaragharea Chariar, and so many other Hindoos, have been imprisoned, transported, and otherwise most severely dealt with by the Government of Madras?


The India Office has no information on this subject; but if the hon. Member for Cavan will produce any evidence that after the High Court had ruled that certain witnesses should be prosecuted for perjury the Government of Madras prevented such prosecution, I will cause inquiries to be made into the matter.