Altamas Kabir, Indian judge, Died at 68


Altamas Kabir was born on July 19, 1948, and died on February 19, 2017.

He was the 39th Chief Justice of India.

He was born in Calcutta in 1948 to a prominent Bengali Muslim family from the district of Faridpur (now in Bangladesh).

Kabir studied law at the University of Calcutta, Kolkata.

Kabir’s father, Jehangir Kabir was a leading Congress politician and trade union leader from West Bengal who served as a Minister in the B.C. Roy and P.C. Sen ministries and also went on to become a minister in the first non-Congress government in West Bengal in 1967 with Ajoy Kumar Mukherjee as the Chief Minister of West Bengal.

Kabir studied in the eminent Mount Hermon School, Darjeeling and Calcutta Boys’ School of Calcutta.

After been Impressed by one of his argumentative article on social issues and their solutions, a teacher at Calcutta Boys’ School advised him to pursue a career in law.

Following graduating with history from Presidency College, then affiliated with the University of Calcutta, he studied law.

Kabir’s uncle Humayun Kabir was a bengali writer and a minister in the Union Cabinets of Jawaharlal Nehru and Lal Bahadur Shashtri.

Altamas Kabir passed at 68 years old.