The Ilbert Bill Controversy also convinced the Indians that they could not expect equality from the British government. Uptil now, only European judges could try cases involving the Europeans. In AD 1883, Lord Ripon’s law member, Sir Ilbert, introduced a bill which came to be called the Ilbert Bill. It allowed Indian judges to try the cases involving the Europeans. Immediately, the whole European community began an agitation to oppose the bill. These protests forced the government to withdraw the bill.