Captain M.W. Douglas, District Magistrate, District Gurdaspur was given a serious court case vs. MGA in 1897. However, since MGA was above the law in British-India, since his father Mirza Ghulam Murtaza helped to kill the mutineers of 1857, MGA was given respite even when he was totally guilty. Dr. Clarke had initially filed the case in Amritsar, where he lived, however, the courts told him that he was out of jurisdiction, the case was thus transferred to Gurdaspur. This is the famous case of Abdul Hameed who was a nephew of the famous Ahmadi mullah, Burhan ud Din. We found this testimony in MGA’s book,. “kitab ul Barriya” (1897), in a Lahori-Ahmadi translation, pages 142-143.
Captain Douglas’ initial comments
9th August 1897
To: Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, son of Mirza Ghulam Murtaza, Caste Mughal, resident of Qadian, sub-division Batala, District Gurdaspur.
Whereas we have been informed by the honourable Magistrate, District Amritsar, and this information is supported by the statements of Dr. Martyn Clarke and Abdul Hameed recorded by the respected officer and sent to us, that you have incited Abdul Hameed to kill Dr. Martyn
Clarke. Consequently there is apprehension that you are about to commit breach of the peace or about to perform an act which is likely to cause breach of the peace. Consequently you are commanded through this Order to present yourself on Tuesday 10th August 1897 during Court hours before the District Magistrate at Batala and explain the reason why you should not be required to deposit a personal surety of one thousand Rupees as penalty, with an undertaking of maintenance of public peace for a period of one year, and why a surety document written by two sureties for Rupees one thousand per surety as penalty be not required to be deposited.
Issued today, dated 9th August 1897, under our signature and seal of the Court.
Signed: District Magistrate, Gurdaspur.
No: 4. Summons to the defendant Under Section 152, Collection of Criminal Procedure Code In the court of Captain Douglas, District Magistrate
To: Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, son of Mirza Ghulam Murtaza, caste Mughal, resident of Qadian Mughlan, sub-division Batala, District Gurdaspur.
Your presence is essential in order to make reply to the accusation under Section 107 Criminal Procedure Code. Hence you are ordered through this document to present yourself in person or through a duly authorised attorney or as the case may be, at Batala, before the District Magistrate on 10th August 1897. Be strictly enjoined of this.
Signed: Magistrate, District Gurdaspur.
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