HC Deb 08 July 1909 vol 7 c1411

asked the Under-Secretary of State for India whether he has any official information that Mr. Lajpat Rai, who was deported in 1907 without charge or trial by the Government of India for alleged sedition, has brought an action against the "Englishman" newspaper of Calcutta for libelling him by alleging that he had been guilty of sedition in that he had tampered with the loyalty of the Indian sepoys, and that Mr. Justice Fletcher, of the Calcutta High Court, after hearing the evidence of Mr. Lajpat Rai, held the statement to be a malicious libel upon him and awarded him damages to the amount of £1,000?

The UNDER-SECRETARY for INDIA (the Master of Elibank)

The Secretary of State has as yet received no official Report on the subject.