Famous Indian Lawyers & Judges

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B. R. Ambedkar
(One of the Architects of the Indian Constitution)

B. R. Ambedkar
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Birthdate: April 14, 1891
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Madhya Pradesh, India
Died: December 6, 1956

India's first Minister of Law and Justice, B. R. Ambedkar inspired the Dalit Buddhist movement. He also fought against social discrimination prevalent in India at that time. Widely regarded as the chief architect of the Constitution of India, Ambedkar was posthumously honored with India's highest civilian award - The Bharat Ratna.

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Sushma Swaraj
(Politician)

Sushma Swaraj
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Birthdate: February 14, 1952
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New Delhi, india
Died: August 6, 2019

Supreme Court lawyer and BJP leader Sushma Swaraj had held several ministries, such as external affairs and information and broadcasting. Named India’s “best loved politician” by Wall Street Journal, Swaraj was known for her prompt assistance to Indians in emergency situations abroad and was awarded the Padma Vibhushan posthumously.

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Vinayak Damodar Savarkar
(Independence Activist, Reformer)

Vinayak Damodar Savarkar
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Birthdate: May 28, 1883
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bhagur
Died: February 26, 1966

Vinayak Damodar Savarkar was an Indian politician and independence activist. He formulated the Hindu nationalist philosophy of Hindutva and was a leading figure in the Hindu Mahasabha. He was known for his strong oratory skills and was an eloquent writer. He was initially charged as a co-conspirator in the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi but was later acquitted.

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Muhammad Iqbal
(Poet & Philosopher)

Muhammad Iqbal
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Birthdate: November 9, 1877
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sialkot, Pakistan
Died: April 21, 1938

Muhammad Iqbal was a Scholar, poet, and politician. Born in British India (present-day Pakistan), Iqbal's poetry in Persian and Urdu languages is regarded as one of the greatest of the modern era. Also an influential politician, Muhammad Iqbal's vision of an independent Muslim state helped inspire the creation of Pakistan where he is recognized as the national poet.

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Shaheer Sheikh
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Birthdate: March 26, 1984
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bhaderwah, Jammu, J&K, India

Initially a lawyer, Shaheer Sheikh later stepped into photography and modeling and eventually made his mark as a TV actor. Best known for serials such as Navya..Naye Dhadkan Naye Sawaal, he also played Arjuna in the 2013 version of Mahabharat. He has also appeared in Indonesian shows and films such as Turis Romantis.

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Mahatma Gandhi
(Leader of Indian Independence Movement)

Mahatma Gandhi
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Birthdate: October 2, 1869
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Porbandar, India
Died: January 30, 1948

An Indian lawyer and anti-colonial nationalist, Mahatma Gandhi was a major figure in India’s fight for independence from British rule. He is renowned for his employment of non-violent resistance and civil disobedience methods. Despite his popularity, he had numerous detractors as well and was assassinated in 1948. He is widely considered the Father of the Nation in India.

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Fali Sam Nariman
(Lawyer, Politician)

Fali Sam Nariman
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Birthdate: January 10, 1929
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Yangon

Fali Sam Nariman is an Indian jurist best known for his association with the Supreme Court of India where he has been serving as a senior advocate since 1971. From 1991 to 2010, he also served as the Bar Association of India's president. Over the course of his career, Nariman has been honored with prestigious awards like the Padma Vibhushan.

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Ram Jethmalani
(Lawyer, Politician)

Ram Jethmalani
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Birthdate: September 14, 1923
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Shikarpur, Pakistan
Died: September 8, 2019
Ram Jethmalani was an Indian politician and lawyer. During his illustrious career, Jethmalani served as the Minister of Law and Justice and the president of the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA). A respected personality within the Indian legal fraternity, Jethmalani was renowned for his high-profile civil cases. 

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P. Chidambaram
(Indian Minister of Finance (2012-14))

P. Chidambaram
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Birthdate: September 16, 1945
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kandanur, Tamil Nadu, India

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Motilal Nehru
(Political Leader)

Motilal Nehru
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Birthdate: May 6, 1861
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Agra
Died: February 6, 1931

Apart from being a prominent lawyer, Motilal Nehru was also an eminent freedom fighter and the father of Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first prime minister. Born after his father’s death, he grew up amid financial difficulties. He later led the Indian National Congress as a two-time president.

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Ravi Shankar Prasad
(Politician, Lawyer)

Ravi Shankar Prasad
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Birthdate: August 30, 1954
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Patna
Ravi Shankar Prasad is an Indian lawyer and politician who has served as the Union Cabinet Minister on several occasions. During his tenure as Law Minister, the long-delayed Ayodhya dispute was successfully concluded by the Supreme Court in 2019. 

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Ajit Pai
(Lawyer)

Ajit Pai
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Birthdate: January 10, 1973
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Buffalo, New York, U.S.

Ajit Pai is an American lawyer who has worked in various offices of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee as well as the U.S. Department of Justice. From 2017 to 2021, he chaired the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, becoming the first Indian American to do so.

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Abul A'la Maududi
(Philosopher)

Abul A'la Maududi
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Birthdate: September 25, 1903
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Aurangabad, India
Died: September 22, 1979

Islamic scholar and philosopher Abul A'la Maududi was born into an elite Aurangabad family. He grew up to be fundamentalist who believed Islam should be free of Western influences and launched the Jamaʿat-i Islami. Though an important figure in Pakistani politics, he was also imprisoned for a while for opposing the government.

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Kapil Sibal
(Politician)

Kapil Sibal
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Birthdate: August 8, 1948
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Jalandhar, India

Kapil Sibal is an Indian politician and lawyer. Over the years, Sibal has held prominent positions, such as president of the Supreme Court Bar Association and Additional Solicitor General of India. He has also served as the Telecom Minister of India and Human Resource Development Minster of India.

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Mahadev Govind Ranade
(Judge, Social Reformer)

Mahadev Govind Ranade
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Birthdate: January 18, 1842
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Niphad
Died: January 16, 1901

Mahadev Govind Ranade was an Indian social reformer, scholar, author, and judge. Ranade is credited with co-founding the Indian National Congress as well as founding several organizations like the Poona Sarvajanik Sabha, Widow Marriage Association, and Vaktruttvottejak Sabha. He also contributed as an editor of a nationalist publication named Induprakash.

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Salman Khurshid
(Politician)

Salman Khurshid
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Birthdate: January 1, 1953
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, India

Salman Khurshid is an Indian politician, author, senior advocate, and law teacher. From 2012 to 2014, Khurshid served as the Minister of External Affairs under the prime ministership of Manmohan Singh. Also a humanitaraian, Salman Khurshid runs his maternal grandfather,Zakir Hussain's Memorial Trust, which aims at helping physically challenged people.

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Shaykh Aḥmad Sirhindī
(Islamic scholar)

Shaykh Aḥmad Sirhindī
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Birthdate: June 26, 1564
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sirhind, India
Died: December 10, 1624

Shaykh Ahmad Sirhindi was an Indian Islamic scholar. A member of the famous Naqshbandī Sufi order, Sirhindi was widely known as a reviver for his work in resurrecting Islam during Mughal Emperor Akbar's reign. He is also remembered for his contributions to Sufi practices and epistemology. There is a shrine named Rauza Sharif dedicated to Sirhindi in Sirhind, Punjab, India.

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Shahid Azmi
(lawyer, human rights activist)

Shahid Azmi
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Birthdate: 1977 AD
Birthplace: Mumbai
Died: February 11, 2010

Shahid Azmi was an Indian lawyer remembered for taking up and defending cases of people accused of terrorism. Interestingly, Azmi had been jailed twice for his involvement in the 1992 Bombay riots and under the Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act at the age of 15 and 17 respectively. He was murdered in his office at the age of 32.

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Nanabhoy Palkhivala
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Birthdate: January 16, 1920
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mumbai, India
Died: December 11, 2002

Nanabhoy Palkhivala was an Indian liberal economist and jurist. Best remembered for his clear thinking and brilliant court craft, Palkhivala helped shape the constitutional jurisprudence in India. He achieved national recognition for his high-profile cases and his annual budget speeches.   

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Ranjini
(Actress)

Ranjini
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Birthdate: July 29, 1970
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Singapore

Ranjini is a Singaporean actress best known for her work in Indian films, especially the Tamil and Malayalam film industries. Ranjini, who has also appeared in Telugu films, was the leading actress in Kollywood from 1985 to 1992. Apart from appearing in films, Ranjini also judged a couple of beauty pageants in Kerala, India.

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B. N. Rau
(Civil servant)

B. N. Rau
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Birthdate: February 26, 1887
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Mangalore, Karnataka , India
Died: November 30, 1953

Indian civil servant and jurist B. N. Rau was one of the persons behind the drafting of the constitutions of India and Burma. He also served as a judge of the Bengal High Court and the Court of International Justice. He was also the Indian representative to the UN and was eventually knighted.

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Soli Sorabjee
(Lawyer, Judge)

Soli Sorabjee
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Birthdate: March 9, 1930
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Mumbai

Padma Vibhushan-winning Indian jurist Soli Sorabjee had served as the Attorney-General for India for two terms. A champion for human rights, he offered legal consultation to political prisoners during the Emergency. He also wrote extensively on the freedom of speech and contributed to publications such as The Indian Express.

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Sir Pherozeshah Mehta
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Birthdate: August 4, 1845
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mumbai, India
Died: November 5, 1915

Sir Pherozeshah Mehta was an Indian lawyer and politician. In 1904, the British Government in India honored Mehta with a knighthood for his work and service to the law. Between 1884 and 1911, he was the president of the Bombay Municipality on four occasions. Pherozeshah Mehta also played an important role as a founding member of the Indian National Congress.

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Radhabinod Pal
(Judge, University teacher)

Radhabinod Pal
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Birthdate: January 27, 1886
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: India
Died: January 10, 1967

Radhabinod Pal was a British-Indian jurist who was among the three Asian judges selected to judge the Tokyo War Crimes Tribunal of Japanese war crimes, which were committed during World War II. Pal was the only judge to suggest that the defendants were not guilty. From 1952 to 1966, he served as a member of the UN's International Law Commission.

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V. R. Krishna Iyer
(Former Judge who became a pioneer of judicial activism)

V. R. Krishna Iyer
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Birthdate: November 15, 1914
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Palakkad, Tamil Nadu, India
Died: December 4, 2014

Known widely as The People’s Judge, V. R. Krishna Iyer had been a Supreme Court judge for almost 8 years. A champion for human rights, he pioneered the practice of offering legal aid to underprivileged people. The Padma Vibhushan winner was also a sports lover.

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Rajendra Mal Lodha
(Lawyer, Judge)

Rajendra Mal Lodha
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Birthdate: September 28, 1949
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Jodhpur

Rajendra Mal Lodha has not just been the Supreme Court of India’s Chief Justice but has also been associated with several top Indian courts, such as the Patna High Court and the Bombay High Court. He hailed from a humble background in Jodhpur and was the son of a Rajasthan High Court judge.

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Ela Bhatt
(Activist)

Ela Bhatt
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Birthdate: September 7, 1933
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ahmedabad, India

Best known as the founder of the Self-Employed Women's Association of India, or SEWA, Ela Bhatt is a champion for women empowerment. Her efforts have won her awards such as the Padma Shri, the Ramon Magsaysay Award, and the Padma Bhushan. A trained lawyer, she has also been a Rajya Sabha MP.

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Shyamji Krishna Varma
(Founded the Indian Home Rule Society, India House and The Indian Sociologist in London)

Shyamji Krishna Varma
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Birthdate: October 4, 1857
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kutch, Gujarat, India
Died: March 30, 1930

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K. G. Balakrishnan
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Birthdate: May 12, 1945
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Thalayolaparambu

Former Chief Justice of India K. G. Balakrishnan has also chaired the National Human Rights Commission. He started his legal career as a Kerala Bar Council advocate. In spite of being born to parents who weren’t too educated, he was encouraged to study and also walked almost 5 km to school every day.

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Saifuddin Kitchlew
(Politician, Lawyer)

Saifuddin Kitchlew
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Birthdate: January 15, 1888
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Amritsar, Punjab, India
Died: October 9, 1963

Apart from being a prominent freedom fighter, Saifuddin Kitchlew was a champion for Hindu-Muslim unity. A well-known barrister and an Indian National Congress member, he spearheaded the protests against the draconian Rowlatt Act, which led to the horrific Jallianwala Bagh massacre. He also established the Jamia Millia Islamia.

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M.C. Chagla
(Jurist)

M.C. Chagla
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Birthdate: September 30, 1900
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Mumbai, India
Died: February 9, 1981

Born into an affluent family, M.C. Chagla received an elite education at Oxford. He began his legal career with the Bombay High Court. He had also been part of the Muslim League and had worked under the aegis of Mohammed Ali Jinnah. He had been a minister of education and external affairs, too.

Satyendra Prasanna Sinha, 1st Baron Sinha
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Birthdate: March 24, 1864
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Raipur, India
Died: March 4, 1928

Apart from being a lawyer and the first Indian-origin Advocate-General of Bengal, Satyendra Prasanna Sinha was also the first Indian to be part of the British ministry. A Presidency College alumnus, he later studied law in England. Also known as Lord Sinha, he had been the governor of Orissa and Bihar.

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Sayyid Amir Ali
(Political Leader)

Sayyid Amir Ali
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Birthdate: April 6, 1849
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Cuttack, India
Died: August 3, 1928

Jurist and political leader Sayyid Amir Ali supported British rule in India rather than what he thought would be a Hindu-dominated rule in independent India. A Calcutta High Court judge, he was behind the formation of India’s first mosque and also established the National Mohammedan Association. He also penned English interpretations of Islam.

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Tej Bahadur Sapru
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Birthdate: December 8, 1875
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Aligarh, India
Died: January 20, 1949

Apart from being a lawyer, Tej Bahadur Sapru was also a prominent freedom fighter and had been a major force behind the drafting of the Indian Constitution and the Poona Pact. He had also served the Banaras Hindu University as its dean. He was a Round Table Conference delegate, too.

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Ashok Gasti
(Politician)

Ashok Gasti
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Birthdate: 1965 AD
Birthplace: India
Died: September 17, 2020

Apart from being a seasoned lawyer, Ashok Gasti had also been a Rajya Sabha MP from Karnataka and a member of both the BJP and the RSS. He succumbed to COVID-19 at age 55. A youth president of the BJP, he once singlehandedly organized the BJP in Raichur district.

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C. Sankaran Nair
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Birthdate: July 11, 1857
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kerala, India
Died: April 24, 1934

A Madras High Court judge and lawyer, C. Sankaran Nair had also served the Indian National Congress as its president. The author of Gandhi and Anarchy, he is best remembered for his fearless courtroom battle against Michael O’Dwyer, the Lieutenant-Governor of Punjab, whom he held responsible for the Jallianwala Bagh massacre.

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N. R. Madhava Menon
(Civil servant, Lawyer)

N. R. Madhava Menon
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Birthdate: May 4, 1935
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India
Died: May 8, 2019

Known as the father of modern legal education, N. R. Madhava Menon established the National Law Universities and was the first director of the NLSIU. The Padma Shri- and Padma Bhushan-winning lawyer formed the 5-year Indian LLB program and had also penned numerous books on law.

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Lawrence Liang
(He is known for his legal campaigns on issues of public concern)

Lawrence Liang
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Birthdate: May 4, 1935, 1974
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kokata, India

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Ajay Kumar Tripathi
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Birthdate: November 12, 1957
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: India
Died: May 2, 2020

A well-respected lawyer, Ajay Kumar Tripathi later rose through the ranks to become a judge of the Patna High Court and the Chhattisgarh High Court. An ardent lover of golf, he was also part of the Patna Golf Club. He was a member of Lokpal. He succumbed to COVID-19 complications at age 62.

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Dinshah Fardunji Mulla
(Author, Judge)

Dinshah Fardunji Mulla
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Birthdate: 1868 AD
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Died: 1934 AD

Dinshah Fardunji Mulla, or Dinshaw Mulla, initially co-founded the law firm Mulla & Mulla, which later merged with an English firm. An author of numerous law textbooks and a professor of law, he was later knighted for his achievements. He was also a member of the Privy Council.

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Syed Abdul Majid
(Notable for pioneering the development in the agricultural and tea industry in British India)

Syed Abdul Majid
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Birthdate: 1872 AD
Birthplace: Bangladesh
Died: July 29, 1922

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Ashutosh Mohunta
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Birthdate: February 25, 1953
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sirsa, India
Died: September 22, 2020

Part of the Punjab State Human Rights Commission, Ashutosh Mohunta had also been associated with the Punjab and Haryana High Court as its Chief Justice. Born to Advocate-General and Rajya Sabha MP Sushil Chand Mohunta, he followed in his footsteps. He succumbed to COVID-19 at age 67.

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Mahesh Jethmalani
(lawyer, politician)

Mahesh Jethmalani
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Birthdate: 1960 AD
Birthplace: Mumbai

Better known as the son of legendary advocate and minister Ram Jethmalani, Mahesh Jethmalani received an elite education in London and returned home as a barrister. He soared to fame with his representation of Narendra Modi in the Gujarat riots case. He is now a Rajya Sabha MP, too.