HC Deb 08 June 1915 vol 72 cc182-3
44. Sir J. D. REES

asked the Secretary of State for India whether the Thakor Sorheb of Morvi is being sued as a director of the Indian Specie Bank, in liquidation; and, if so, whether ruling chiefs in India can be sued in British-Indian Courts; and, if so, whether any and, if so, what protection is afforded to such chieftains in this behalf?

The SECRETARY of STATE for INDIA (Mr. Chamberlain)

The Thakore Sahib of Morvi was a director of the Specie Bank, which is now in liquidation. The Indian Civil Code contains provisions under which I a ruling chief may be sued with the consent of the Government of India, or in certain cases of the local Government. In exercise of their authority the Government of Bombay have granted permission to sue His Highness, who has appealed to the Government of India. His appeal is under consideration.