Also voting to recall Hastings' long-standing friend, Sir Elijah Impey, Chief Justice of the Bengal Supreme Court, the House was most critical of Impey's connivance in the judicial hanging of Rajah Nuncomar--who had unsuccessfully sought to make Hastings answer to charges of bribery.
However, the East India Company's
Court of Proprietors refused to recall Impey
, claiming that the House of Lords would have to support the vote of the Commons.
Nuncomar had subsequently been arraigned by Hastings on charges of corruption, found guilty by Sir Elijah Impey
, and hanged.
The assertion that they were murdered by betrayal and corruption distinguishes these poems as a separate subgenre of the traditional elegies. (48) Resonances of a poetry denouncing the plot "dar crochadh flaith na gCoitireach le dioltas namhad" (by which the prince of the Cotters was hanged by the revenge of the enemy) appear both in Burke's fury at Hastings's managing role in the show trial and execution of Nuncomar
and in his
efforts to bring the judge, Sir Elijah Impey
, to justice.