HC Deb 17 June 1913 vol 54 c187
9. Mr. O'GRADY

asked the Under-Secretary of State for India whether he has any information to give to the House relating to the action taken by the Government of Bengal against the "Amrita Bazar Patrika," in reference to the Jagatsi Assam case and the Barisal case; and whether the Secretary of State has seen the articles in respect of which the proceedings have been taken?


It is stated in the Press that the "Amrita Bazar Patrika" had been called upon to deposit security under the Press Act in consequence of its comments on the matter of the Jagatsi Asram, and has also been summoned for contempt by the Calcutta High Court for comments on a pending prosecution for conspiracy at Barisal. The Secretary of State has seen the articles in question, but has no further information. It is open to the editor of the paper to appeal against the order of the Bengal Government as regards finding security to the Calcutta High Court, which is reported to have summoned him for contempt of court on its own initiative in the second case.