HC Deb 09 June 1920 vol 130 cc434-5W
Colonel YATE

asked the Secretary of State for India whether, considering that the appeals of the five men sentenced to death for the murder of five British men, including three bank managers, at Amritsar, on 10th April, 1919, were rejected by the Privy Council, he will state on what grounds the sentences of three of these men were commuted by the Government of India?


It was not the Government of India, but His Excellency the Viceroy in the exercise of the Royal prerogative of mercy, which has been entrusted to him, who commuted the death sentences upon three of the five persons whose appeals had been rejected by the Privy Council in the case of the murder of the manager of the National Bank.