HC Deb 21 June 1906 vol 159 c350

To ask the Secretary of State for India whether his attention has been drawn to the fact that the magistrate of Backergunge, in Eastern Bengal and Assam, is in the habit of disposing of criminal cases in his private room, and occasionally in his own private residence, to which the public are not admitted; and whether, inasmuch at this practice has been condemned as irregular by the High Court, and is prejudicial to the administration of justice, he will address the Government of India with a view to putting a stop to it.

(Answered by Mr. Secretary Morley.) I have no information as to the existence of the irregular practices to which the hon. Member refers. I hope that the irregularity, if truly stated in the Question, has been dealt with by the local government.