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From the Archives (November 20, 1919): Hunter Committee.

Bombay, November 19. — Mr. C.F. Andrews has made the following statement to the representative of the Associated Press in regard to the decision of the Congress Sub-Committee regarding Hunter Committee. Before sailing for South Africa I wish to identify myself with the decision of the Congress Sub-Committee not to appear and lead evidence before the Disorders Enquiry Committee at Lahore. While I recognise the conciliatory attitude of Sir Edward Maciagan in offering to release on parole the Punjab political leaders during the time when they might be called upon to give evidence, I regard His Honour’s decision to withheld from them the right of even ordinary criminals to be present under police escort when their own cases are being tried as not only nullifying the value of the concession but also as depriving them of an important safeguard against injustice. It appears to me to be opposed to every canon of fair play that serious allegations reflecting on the character and honour of these gentlemen should be allowed to be made behind their backs, and they themselves prevented from confronting their accusers on the spot. Mr. C.F. Andrews sails for South Africa tomorrow, and will probably stay for a short time in British Africa on his way to Natal.

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