§ MR. BIGGAR
asked the Under Secretary of State for India, Whether his attention has been called to the statement made in The Statesman of Calcutta, of 9th October, that, whereas a Native magistrate, one Lala Hakim Chaud, has been forced by Government to resign the Service for submitting an incorrect travelling statement, the conduct of Dr. Macleane, Madras Covenanted Civil Service, in committing the same offence when officiating chief magistrate of Salem, has passed unnoticed for two years; and, whether he can assure the House that inquiry will be made into the matter?
§ MR. J. K. CROSS
From the "Proceedings" of the Punjaub Government for June last, it appears that Lala Hakim Chaud had been suspended for certain misconduct of which he had been accused, and that an inquiry into the case had been ordered. The further "Proceedings," which will contain the results of the inquiry, have not yet been received at the India Office. A Native Sarishtadar, who was removed from his appointment for neglect of duty on the occasion of the Salem riots, has brought certain charges against Dr. Macleane, one of which was of the nature alluded to by the hon. Member for Cavan. The Madras Government, having called upon Dr. Macleane for a Report upon the matter, have informed the Secretary of State that they consider his explanation satisfactory. In these circumstances, it does not appear necessary to cause any further inquiry to be made.