Sir Michael O'Dwyer was Governor of the Punjab during the Amritsar riots of 1919.
Sir Sankaran Nair, member of the Indian Government, recently published a book about Sir Michael's administration in which he charged that Indians had been flogged, etc.
Sir Michael read the book, brought suit for libel against Sir Sankaran.
In the witness stand the ex-Governor admitted that Indians had been flogged, but qualified his statement by adding: "Floggings in India are not inflicted with cat-o'-nine-tails but always with bamboo, sometimes with a cane. They are mild compared with the cat."