HC Deb 28 February 1917 vol 90 cc2006-7

asked the Secretary of State for India whether, in the recent political trials in India, the special tribunal was exclusively British; whether the Indian pleader had any effective jurisdiction; whether his concurrence was essential, and was obtained, in each decision; whether his status was that of a judge or of a Government official; whether the trials were open or secret; and whether the accused persons were allowed the assistance of counsel of their own choosing?


Two of three members were British; the Indian member, who was not an official, had the status of a judge equal to that of the other two; his jurisdiction was effective, and he concurred in the judgments. The trials were open, and the accused were defended by counsel of their own choosing.