Chimanlal Harilal Setalvad

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Sir Chimanlal Harilal Setalvad, KCIE (1864[1] - 10 December 1947) was an eminent Indian barrister who practiced in the Bombay High Court in the early 20th century.

He was the father of M. C. Setalvad, future Attorney General of India.

An alumnus of Elphinstone College, Mumbai,[2] he served as one of the members of the Hunter Commission of Inquiry following the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre in 1919, and also served as Vice-Chancellor of Bombay University and as a member of the Governor of Bombay's Executive Council. He was knighted in the 1919 New Year Honours List[3] and was further appointed a KCIE in the 1924 King's Birthday Honours.[4] He also was founding President of Bahishkrit Hitakarini Sabha, established by B.R. Ambedkar in 1924.

Sir Chimanlal was recognized by Gandhi as an impartial advocate of great integrity. While in favour of independence from Britain, Sir Chimanlal was opposed to Partition; sadly, he lived to see Partition and its accompanying horrors become a reality before his death on 10 December 1947, aged 83.[5]


  • Recollections & reflections, an autobiography, Padma Publications, 1946.

In Popular Culture[edit]

In Gandhi film, Habib Tanvir portrayed Sir Setalvad as a member of Hunter Commission and asked question to General Dyer (credited in movie as Indian Barrister).[6]


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