§ MR. PICTON (Leicester)
I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for India whether the telegram in the Times of June 11th, stating that the execution of the Tongul General has been postponed, as he may be required to give evidence, is correct; and whether, if so, this involves a commutation of the capital sentence; and should that not be so, whether there is any English precedent in recent times for reprieving a condemned prisoner in order that he may give evidence, and then executing him afterwards?
§ THE UNDER SECRETARY OF STATE FOR INDIA (Sir J. GORST,) Chatham
The Secretary of State has received no information which corroborates the statement referred to in the question of the hon. Member. The Tongul General has been sentenced to death, and the sentence has been confirmed by General Collett, but the execution is not carried out, pending the sending of the record to the Government of India for orders.