§ MR. MICHAEL DAVITT (Mayo, S.)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for India whether his attention has been drawn to a statement to the effect that Damodar Chapekar, now under sentence of death for the Poona murders, declared on his trial that a police superintendent had promised him a sum of 20,000 rupees and employment for his brother in the police; and whether any information upon this matter has been received from the Indian Government; and if not, whether an inquiry will be made to ascertain if such a declaration was made at any time by the condemned man?
§ THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR INDIA
I have received no information from the Government of India as to the trial of Damodar Chapekar, but I have seen a newspaper report of it, from which I gather that he did make the statement referred to in the question. I also gather that no credit was attached to it; and, as at present advised, I see no reason for making any especial inquiry on the subject.