§ MR. SCHWANN (Manchester, N.)
I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for India whether the attention of 1562 the Secretary of State for India has been drawn to an article in the February number of India, entitled "The Mansiensingh Scandal," signed by the Right Hon. Sir Richard Garth, late Chief Justice of Bengal; whether he is aware that the Rajah of Mansiensingh, in a Memorial to the Lieutenant Governor of Bengal, formally impugns the bona fides of the proceedings taken in this ease by the District Magistrate, Mr. H. A. D. Phillips, of the Bengal Civil Service; and whether he will direct a public inquiry into all the facts of the case to be made before a competent and independent tribunal?
MR. GEORGE RUSSELL
The Secretary of State has seen the article referred to. He has not officially received front India any information on the subject. It appears that, on the 31st of December last, the Lieutenant Governor of Bengal issued a resolution dealing with the Rajah's Memorial and severely censuring. Mr. Phillips, although finding that there was no justification for any imputation on his motives in conducting the prosecution. The Secretary of State will, however, call for an official Report on the matter.