HC Deb 29 July 1897 vol 51 cc1471-2

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for India whether he has received memorial, dated 22nd March last, from C. Kunhi kaunan, late Deputy Collector of Malabar, who was convicted of bribery and served a term of imprisonment; whether he is aware that since petitioner's conviction important fresh evidence has been discovered, and that Mr. Moberly, District Magistrate of Malabar, has recommended that he should be given an opportunity of showing that lie was convicted on evidence winch was either false or so tainted as to be unworthy of belief; and, whether he will cause inquiry to be made, and if the petitioner establishes his innocence, will grant him a free pardon in order to vindicate his character?


The memorial in question has not yet been officially forwarded from India, but a copy which was sent to me direct reached me on the 14th of last month. I will ask the Government of India how it proposes to deal with the matter.