§ MR. E. H. PICKERSGILL (Bethnal Green, S.W.)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for India, whether his attention has been called to the case of Mr. Yusufuddin, a talukdar in the service of the Hyderabad State, who was recently arrested at a railway station in His Highness the Nizam's dominions, under the authority of a warrant issued by a British magistrate in the Punjaub; could he state what is the precise nature of the charge against Mr. Yusufuddin; are there any precedents for effecting an arrest, under the warrant of a British magistrate, on railway property in India outside British territory, except for offences committed on or in connection 603 with railway or railway trains; is there any statutory authority under which the warrant against Mr. Yusufuddin could be executed in the circumstances stated; and, if the warrant was executed in virtue of an administrative regulation of the railway department, will he suggest to the Indian Government the propriety of placing the procedure in such cases on a statutory basis?
§ THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR INDIA (Lord GEORGE HAMILTON,) Middlesex, Ealing
My attention has been drawn to the case, and I find that the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council has given leave to enter an appeal raising the question whether the arrest was legal. I cannot enter into any discussion of a matter which is sub judice.