Muhammad Shahabuddin

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Muhammad Shahabuddin
محمد شہاب الدین
3rd Chief Justice of Pakistan
In office
3 May 1960 – 12 May 1960
Appointed byAyub Khan
Preceded byMuhammad Munir
Succeeded byAlvin Robert Cornelius
Personal details
Born(1895-05-13)13 May 1895
Eluru, Madras Presidency, British India
Died12 May 1960[1] (aged 75)
Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
Alma materUniversity of Madras
Government Law College, Chennai

Muhammad Shahabuddin (Urdu: محمد شہاب الدین) (13 May 1895 – 12 May 1960) was the 3rd Chief Justice of Pakistan, serving from 3 May to 12 May 1960. He also served as acting Governor of East Bengal from 22 December 1954 to 14 June 1955.

Early life[edit]

Muhammad Shahabuddin was born on 13 May 1895 at Ellore in Madras. He graduated in arts from Madras Christian College and in law from Madras Law College.[1]


He joined the Indian Civil Service in November 1921 and was posted as a sub-collector at Madras. He later served as a joint magistrate and a district and session judge until February 1943 when he was appointed an additional judge of the Madras High Court. In September 1945 he was confirmed as a judge of the Madras High Court.[1]

Justice Shahabuddin was appointed as a judge of Dhaka High Court after the Partition. He served on the Indo-Pak Boundary Disputes Tribunal in 1949–50. He became the Chief Justice of the Dhaka High Court in February 1950. In 1953 he was appointed as a judge of the Federal Court. From 22 December 1954 to 14 June 1955 he acted as the Governor of East Bengal (Pakistan).[1] Prime Minister Mohammad Ali Chaudhury handed over the government of East Pakistan to Abu Hossain Sarkar and made him Chief Minister on 3 June 1955. Shahabuddin was not told of the decision beforehand and as a result he resigned from the governorship on 4 June 1955. He became the Chief Justice of Pakistan in 1955. Justice Shahabuddin also chaired the Constitution Commission.[1]


He died on 12 May 1960 in Lahore, Pakistan.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Shahabuddin, Justice Mohammad". Banglapedia. Retrieved 11 August 2016.
Legal offices
Preceded by Chief Justice of Pakistan
Succeeded by
Preceded by Governor of East Bengal
22 December 1954 – 14 June 1955
Succeeded by