Fazal Ali

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Khan Bahadur Sayyid Sir Fazl Ali, also known as Fazal Ali OBE (September 19, 1886 - August 22, 1959) was governor of Assam and Odisha and a judge. He headed the Fazal Ali Commission that made recommendations about the reorganization of India's states . He was governor of Odisha from 1952 to 1956 and of Assam from 1956 to 1959. He died while serving as governor of Assam. He was also bestowed with the Padma Vibhushan by the Indian Government. Whilst in Assam, he was the first to bring the Nagas into societal mainstream. He opened a college in the Naga heartland Mokokochung, which is now known as 'Sir Fazal Ali College of Arts'. The College celebrated its 50 years' anniversary in 2010. He belonged to an aristocratic Zamindar family of Bihar.

Sir Fazl Ali was appointed, successfully, to the title of Khan Sahib, as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1918 and to the title of Khan Bahadur. He was knighted in the 1941 New Year Honours list and invested with his knighthood on 1 May 1942 by the Viceroy, Lord Linlithgow.[1][2][3]

His eldest son, the late Syed Murtaza Fazal Ali followed in his footsteps. He became a judge at the age of only 35, of the J&K High Court, in 1958, and was elevated as the Chief Justice of the same court in 1966. He was elevated as a Judge of the Supreme Court of India (like his father 'Sir Fazal Ali') in 1975. He died in 1985 while a sitting judge.

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Government offices
Preceded by
Jairamdas Daulatram
Governor of Assam
1956–1959
Succeeded by
Chandreswar Prasad Sinha