Excerpt from Hyderabad Affairs, Vol. 9: English Newspaper Comments on the Hyderabad (Deccan) Mining Company, and Other Matters, With Report of the House of Commons' Committee
Sirdar abdul huk, who, according to a Bombay telegram, has been suspended by his Highness the Nizam for alleged irregularities in connection with mining enterprises, is well known in the City and in London society. He has made several visits to this country on business connected with the Hydera bad Railway, and he was one of the notabilities who represented the N izam at the Jubilee celebration last summer. When in London the Sirdar always occu pied a suite of apartments in the Alexandra Hotel, where he entertained a great many persons of distinction in the social, the commercial, and the political world. One of his guests on the occasion of his last visit was the Duke of Teck, with whom he appeared to be on the most friendly, not to say intimate, terms. As showing the Sirdar's princely hospitality, we may mention that on the day of the Thanksgiving Service in Westminster Abbey, Abdul Huk hired the whole of a well-known hotel in Piccadilly for the reception of his friends, ladies and gentlemen, with their families, giving them a splendid luncheon when the Royal procession had passed. This little entertainment was said at the time to have cost the Sirdar some Before his sudden and rapid rise in the favour of the N izam he was at the head of the Hyderabad police, and upon the recommendation of the Viceroy was made a Companion of the Order of the Indian Empire for assisting Major Daniell, of the British service, in the capture of the notorious dacoit leader, Wassudeo Bulwunt Phadke. It is very possible now that Abdul Huk has been disgraced that we shall hear the true story about the sixty lakhs of rupees lately offered to the British Government by the N izam.
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