IAS General Studies Prelims Question No. 24

The Ilbert Bill was introduced for:
[A] granting power to Indian district magistrates to try European criminals.
[B] increasing political representation of Indians in Viceroy council.
[C] transfer of private shares to government shares in East India Company
[D] spending a fixed part of revenue earned by British East India Company for education in India
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[A] granting power to Indian district magistrates to try European criminals.
The bill was introduced in 1883 by Viceroy Ripon, who actually desired to abolish the racial prejudice from the Indian Penal Code. Ripon had proposed an amendment for existing laws in the country and to allow Indian judges and magistrates the jurisdiction to try British offenders in criminal cases at the District level.

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