Staff Reporter

He was the first Indian Chief Justice of India

BANGALORE: A portrait of T.R.A. Thumboochetty, the first Indian to become Chief Justice of India, was unveiled on the High Court premises here on Thursday.

Born in April 1837, Thumboochetty studied law and was posted as munsiff in Bellary. He was subsequently transferred as Registrar under J.P. Kindersley, Judicial Commissioner.

Thumboochetty served as Assistant Commissioner in the Revenue and Judicial branches. Mr. Thumboochetty later became the Judge of Small Causes Court in Bangalore.

When the Mysore Council was constituted, he was appointed a senior ex-officio member.

When the Chief Court of Mysore was constituted in 1884, he was appointed one of the judges of the court.

He became the Chief Judge of the then Mysore State and was in that post from March 1, 1891 to August 11, 1900 when he retired.

At the museum

The Chief Justice of the Karnataka High Court Cyriac Joseph, unveiled Thumboochetty’s portrait in the museum of the High Court.