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Syed Mahbub Murshed

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Born  February 11, 1911 (1911-02-11) Murshidabad, Bengal Presidency, British India
Died  3 April 1979, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Alma maters  Presidency University, Kolkata, University of Calcutta

Syed Mahbub Murshed (February 11, 1911 – April 3, 1979) was a Bangladeshi lawyer and jurist. He served as the Chief Just of East Pakistan High Court during 1964–1967.


Early life and education

Murshed was born to his parents Syed Abdus Salek, a member of the Bengal Civil Service and Afzalunnessa Begum, the sister of Sher-e-Bangla A. K. Fazlul Huq.

Murshed obtained his bachelors in Economics from Presidency College, Calcutta in 1931, masters from Calcutta University in 1932, and L.L.B degree in 1933. In 1939, He became a barrister from Lincoln's Inn in London.


Murshed became a member of the Calcutta High Court Bar in 1934. Returning from England in 1939, he started practicing as a senior advocate of the Federal Court of India. In 1951, he migrated to the then Pakistan and joined the Dhaka High Court Bar in 1951. He was elevated to a judge of the Dhaka High Court bench in 1955. He served as an ad hoc judge of the Pakistan Supreme Court during 1962–1963. He was appointed Chief Justice of East Pakistan High Court in May 1964. He resigned from the position in November 1967.

According to the former Chief Justice of Bangladesh Latifur Rahman, some of the notable judgments delivered by Murshed was Abdul Haque’s case, the Pan case, the Basic Democracies case and the case of Lt Colonel GL Bhattacharya. Former President of Pakistan Ayub Khan commented, "Murshed has a brilliant, intelligent, literary bent of mind and aptitude for language, but he is impulsive and unstable". Murshed joined the mass movement against Ayub in late 1968. A contemporary report in Time magazine stated, "The opposition cause was also boosted by widely respected Syed Mahbub Murshed, former Chief Justice of the East Pakistan High Court, who told the nation that 'We are not destined to perish in ignominy if we put up a determined and united resistance to evi1'".

During the Bengal famine of 1943 and later during the communal riots of 1946, Murshed worked with the welfare organization Anjuman Mufidul Islam.

Personal life

Murshed was married to Lyla Arzumand Banu, the daughter of Mohammed Zakariah, an Indian Nationalist and Mayor of Calcutta in 1939. Together they had three sons – Syed Marghub Murshed, a former civil servant (CSP), Syed Mamnun Murshed, an academic and diplomat, and Syed Mansood Murshed, an educationalist, and one daughter, Syeda Shaida Murshed.


In 1990, Government of Bangladesh released a stamp commemorating Murshed.


Syed Mahbub Murshed Wikipedia

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