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Moplah Eebellion (Trials)

Volume 154: debated on Monday 15 May 1922

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asked the Under-Secretary of State for India whether the trials of rebel leaders in the Moplah rebellion by special judges are still going on; how many weeks, on an average, have these cases taken; and why these cases were not summarily tried and disposed of by the military court as heretofore?

Cases of the kind referred to were still pending at the end of February. But I have no information as to the number still undecided or the average duration of them. The Martial Law ordinance expired on the 25th February, when it had been in force six months, and it became necessary to issue a further ordinance providing for the establishment of courts to finish the pending cases. The courts so established correspond to the courts, other than the military courts, that had been dealing with the charges during the administration of Martial Law. But as Martial Law ceased, it was impossible to continue the military courts.