§ Major MILNER
asked the Under-Secretary of State for India whether he is aware that Amir Haider Khan has been detained in gaol since 1932 with only a few months of freedom in 1934, and that he had to be removed to the general hospital at Madras on account of bad health and is now in solitary confinement in Rajahmundry gaol, and all letters are withheld from him and interviews denied; what is the reason for this treatment; and whether, in view of the serious condition of his health, he may be released from gaol?
§ Mr. BUTLER
Amir Haider Khan was removed from Coimbatore to Rajahmundry owing to the difficulty of finding other prisoners with whom he could be permitted to associate at the first-named place. As he complained of ill-health, he was temporarily transferred to the Madras Penitentiary last autumn for medical examination, which showed that his health had not suffered by reason of his confinement. I have no information that restrictions of the nature stated have been imposed, but if the hon. and gallant Member will send me the evidence on which his statements are based, I shall be glad to consider it.