§ MR. WEIR
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for India whether he is aware that, under the Hindu law of inheritance, the property of Bapu Raghunath, who held office as Dewan of Dhar, became by his death in 1837 the property of his six sons in six equal shares; that the share falling to Ramchandra Rao, one of the sons, was forfeited in 1857 for his alleged complicity in the mutiny, and that this forfeiture did not include the property of the other sons of Bapu Raghunath; will he explain why a grandson of Bapu, viz., Krishna Rao Raghunath, is not entitled to claim a sixth part of his grandfather's estate, seeing that his father, to whom it fell on the death of Bapu, took no part whatever in the mutiny.
§ LORD G. HAMILTON
I cannot discuss the legal hypothesis raised by the hon. Gentleman in the first part of his Question. As to the latter part of it, I must refer the hon. Member to the reply given by me to him on the 12th of May last.†