HC Deb 10 November 1884 vol 293 cc1359-60

asked the Under Secretary of State for India, If he has reason to believe that Sir Richard Garth, Chief Justice of Bengal, has twice sent to the public prints minutes containing censures on the Government of India, on one of the principal Members of the Cabinet, and on Parliament, in regard to acts of confiscation in Ireland, and in which, after publicly praying to God to avert such measures of confiscation from India, he appeals to the Zemindars to awake and resist the land policy of the Government of India; whether the Government of India, or the Viceroy, have made any representations on the subject; and, whether Her Majesty's Government have taken, or propose to take, any action in regard to it?


The Government of India have made representations on the subject of two Minutes by Sir Richard Garth, which are, no doubt, those referred to in the Question. The Minutes are certainly couched in language somewhat controversial. Having regard, however, to the high judicial position of Sir Richard Garth, and to the importance of maintaining satisfactory relations between the Government and the High Courts, it will be readily understood that it is not desirable that I should enter further into the matter.