Mohammed Fazal

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Mohammed Fazal (July 2, 1922 - September 4, 2014) was an Indian politician who was the Governor of Maharashtra from October 10, 2002 to December 5, 2004.

He suggested to Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Sushilkumar Shinde that prostitution be legalised, which caused controversy..

Born in a well-known zamindar's (landlord's) family, he studied at the Allahabad University and later at the London School of Economics at the University of London.

In 1977 he was appointed the Secretary of Industrial Development, Government of India. He was the most senior member of the Planning Commission from April 1980 till his resignation in January 1985. He then founded and was the chairman of Hughes & Hughes Chem Ltd.

In 1999, he was appointed the Governor of Goa, a post he held until he was appointed as Governor of Maharashtra.

His grandson Ali Fazal is an actor who had roles in films including 3 Idiots and Fukray.

Fazal died on September 4, 2014 at the age of 92 at his residence in Abu Bakrpur, Allahabad. He had been suffering from low blood pressure, congestion in the chest, and short-term memory loss.[1]


  1. ^ "Ex-Goa, Maharashtra Governor Mohammed Fazal dead". The Hindu. September 4, 2014. 

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