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History of Dibrugarh Bar Association

                 In 1872 when the court was started at that time there was no local advocate due to lack of institutional education. In the same year Babu Harish Chandra Bakshi (B.L) arrived at Dibrugarh by steamer. He was the first qualified Advocate in this area. He was born in 1841 at Faridpur of Bengal. He was interested to be an English teacher but the British requested him to work as an Advocate.


              As there was no sufficient place to establish the Bar Library, the old Bunglow of the then Deputy Commissioner Mac William was used to continue the practised of legal profession. According to some people, the actual Mac William Hall was sunk in the Brahmaputra River due to erosion. No information found regarding the History of the Mac William Hall for the period 1872-1898. But according to a proceeding of the Bar Library 1898 the Advocates namely Babu Harish Chandra Bakshi, R.C. Misra, Babu Dhirandra Das, Babu Shiva Ram Sharma, Babu C.K. Chakraborty, Babu P.C. Ganguly, Munchi Kafayat Ullah, Munchi Amin Gajai etc. practised at Dibrugarh Bar Library.


              There is a pride History of Bar Association of Dibrugarh. The renowned leader of National Revolution namely Jogesh Gohain, Lakhyeswar Boruah, Fusnur Ali, Jibon Phukan, Bhimbor Deori etc. were the member of the Bar Association, Dibrugarh. Keshab Chandra Gogoi and Jogen Hazarika became Chief Minister of Assam who belonged to Dibrugarh Bar Association. Khan Sahab Saridur Rahman, Ramesh Mohan Kuli, Lalit Chandra Doley, Ramesh Chandra Boruah became efficient Minister of Assam. Parbati Kumar Goswami became the first Assamese Justice of Hon’ble Supreme Court of India who originally was a member of the Dibrugarh Bar Association. Sarat Chandra Dutta became a Chief Justice of Hon’ble High Court of Gauhati, apart from this he became Vice- Chancellor of Kurukhetra University, Hariyana who originally belongs to Dibrugarh Bar Association. The Present Justice of Hon’ble High Court of Gauhati Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Amitava Roy were members of Dibrugarh Bar Association. Among the Advocates of past years, Saktipad Patra was known as a saint Advocate amongst the local citizen. He published and edited two papers namely- Estern and Citizen. On the other hand Raybahadur Sadananda Dowarah was a “Fire brand Ukil”. Lt. Bhuban Chandra Boruah & Bidyadhar Boruah were retired as a District & Sessions Judge who restarted practice in this Bar. The book “Legel Aid to the Poor” written by Bhuban Chandra Boruah gave a conception about the Lok-Adalot in the year 1970. “Terrorism and Consolation to it” is a very valuable book by him.





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