HC Deb 17 February 1904 vol 130 cc12-3

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for India, referring to the answer given by his predecessor to a Question by the hon. Member for the Frome Division of Somerset on the 13th November, 1902, if he will state the result of the inquiry instituted.


I am informed by the Government of India that the suggestion that there has been any undue † See (4) Debates, exiv 868. delay in the disposal of criminal work in the Calcutta High Court is entirely unfounded; that if the criminal work before the Court is found at any time to be more than one Bench can deal with, arrangements are always made for constituting a second criminal Bench to deal with the excess; and that the Judges, after careful search, are unable to trace that any case has occurred in which a person on a short term of imprisonment who has appealed and not been released on bail, has served his term before his appeal could be heard.