HC Deb 17 February 1944 vol 397 c333
36. Mr. Edmund Harvey

asked the Secretary of State for India whether his attention has been called to the observations of the Chief Justice of Allahabad High Court on the detention of Pandit Baij Nath; and whether, in view of these observations and the serious state of his health, Pandit Baij Nath is to be released from detention.

Mr. Butler

I have seen a Press report of the matter referred to. Pandit Baij Nath was detained under the Defence of India Rules on the grounds of his association with the organisation of sabotage and subversive activities. The grounds of detention, which the Provincial Government have satisfied themselves were adequate, had no connection at all with his professional appearances for the defence in cases connected with the Congress disturbances. I understand that while in detention he fell ill and was transferred to a civil hospital, and that discretion has been given to release him on parole.

Mr. Harvey

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the learned Lord Chief Justice said Pandit Baij Nath might die at any time; and has his release taken place subsequent to the remarks of the Lord Chief Justice?

Mr. Butler

I have made inquiries to see whether a release has taken place and we have not yet got the information, but there is no doubt that his case will be treated sympathetically.

Commander Locker-Lampson

Has he got phlebitis?