SIR. MANCHERJEE BHOWNAG-GREE (Bethnal Green, N.E.)
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.
§ MR. BRODRICK
I am informed by the Government of India that the suggestion that there has been any undue† See (4) Debates, exiv 868.13 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.