Sheriff of Mumbai

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The Sheriff of Mumbai is an apolitical titular position of authority bestowed for one year on a prominent citizen of Mumbai.

The Sheriff is an officer of the High Court and the nominal Head of the High Court Department which carries out the orders of the High Court for summoning people, and also for attachment and sealing of properties and if ordered for their auction. The Sheriff has an office and staff but does not have any executive powers. The Sheriff office is in Bombay High Court, Fort on the Ground Floor. In the order of precedence, the Sheriff ranks just below the Mayor. Mumbai and Kolkata (Calcutta) are the only cities in India to maintain this post.

The most important social function of the Sheriff is to receive foreign dignitaries at the airport on behalf of the city and to call condolence meetings on the demise of prominent citizens of the city.

The first Sheriff of Mumbai after independence was Mahadeo Laxman Dahanukar, a city businessman in 1948. His son, Shantaram Mahadeo Dahanukar was also a Sheriff of Mumbai in 1969.

The Sheriff presides over various city-related functions and conferences and is in charge of receiving foreign guests of the government. The post gives the incumbent close access to the Chief Minister of Maharashtra and the Municipal Commissioner of the city. It is often criticised by citizens as a waste of public money. As the post is apolitical, many prominent citizens use it as a platform to showcase their achievements and serve the citizens of the metropolis.

Former Sheriffs[edit]

Former Sheriffs include:

Name Term Known for
George Christopher Molesworth Birdwood 1846 [1] Anglo-Indian official, naturalist, and writer
Bhau Daji 1869[2] Physician and educationalist
Bhau Daji 1871[2] Physician and educationalist
Dosabhai Framji Karaka 1872 [3] Publisher, writer and magistrate
Sorabji Shapurgi Bengali 1881 [4] Banker
Raghanath Narayan Khote 1883 Merchant
Dinshaw Maneckji Petit 1887 Parsi entrepreneur
James Douglas 1893[5] Banker and writer
Sir George Cotton 1897[6] Businessman
Adamjee Peerbhoy 1898 Businessman
James Douglas 1902[5] Banker and writer
Shapurji Burjorji Broacha 1911 President of the Native Share and Stock Broker's Association
Fazal I Rahimtoola 1928 Politician
Mohamedbhoy Rowjee 1938 [7] Mayor of Bombay, 1946
Phiroze C. Bharucha 1939[7]
Mathuradas Vissanji Khimji 1940[7]
T. Sinclair Kennedy 1941[7] General Manager, Glenfield and Kennedy
Mirza Rashidali Baiq 1942[7]
Jamshedji Duggan 1943[7] Ophthalmic surgeon
Shantidas Askuran 1944[7] Silk merchant
J. B. Greaves 1945[7]
A. A. Jasdenwalla 1946[7]
Mithan Jamshed Lam 1947[7] Lawyer
Mahadeo Laxman Dahanukar 1948[7] Businessman
Joachim Alva 1949[7] Lawyer, journalist and politician
Fazal Ibrahim Rahimtoola 1950 [7]
Pestonji Phiroz Shah Kapadia 1951[7]
Ramdeo Anandilal Podar 1952[7]
Khwaja Abdul Hamied 1953[7] Scientist, industrialist
Manekji Nadirshah Dalal 1954 [7]
Motichand G. Shahah 1955[7]
Sardar Bahadur Bakshi Dalip Singh 1956[7]
Gulestan Rustom Billimoria 1957 [7]
J. C. Jain 1958 [7] General Manager, Times of India
Abasaheb Garware 1959 [7] Industrialist, founder Chairman of the Garware Group
Y. A. Fazalbhoy 1960 [7]
J. D. Kothawala 1961[7]
Frank Moraes 1962[7] Editor, Times of India
Ramprasad Khandelwal 1963[7]
Appat Balkrishna Nair 1964 [7]
1965[7]
Gangaram Ratansi Joshi 1966 [7]
Haji Hasham Ismail 1967[7] Diplomat and Consul General (DR)
Shorab Kaikhushru Khan 1968 [7]
Shantaram Mahadeo Dahanukar 1969[7]
Vijay Merchant 1970[7] Cricketer
Narotam Chand Puri 1971 [7]
Shadi Lal Jain 1972[7]
Mahboob Narulla 1972[7]
J. G. Bodhe 1973[7] Engineer
Kantikumar R. Podar 1974 [7]
T. V. Ramanujam 1975[7]
Leela Moolgaokar 1976[8] Social worker
Anjanabai Magar 1977 [7]
Narendra Narotamdas Kapadia 1978 [7]
Ram Kumar Batra 1979[7] Businessman
Dilip Kumar 1980 [7] Film actor and social worker
Bal Krishna Goyal 1981 [7] Cardiologist
Sunil Dutt 1982 [7] Actor
Sohrab Pirojsha Godrej 1983 [7] Industrialist
Madhav Laxmanrao Apte 1984 [7] Cricketer and businessman
Mohanbahai I. Patel 1985 [7] Industrialist
Trimbak Krishnarao Tope 1986 [7] Former Principal (GLC), Former Vice-Chancellor (Mumbai University), Constitutional expert
Sadrudin Hasan Daya 1987 [7] Businessperson
Jahangir K. S. Nicholson 1988 [7]
Nana Chudasama 1989, 1990 [7] Social activist
Saad Alim Bagban 1991 [7]
Homi Sethna 1991 [7] Ex-Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission of India
Bakul Rajani Patel 1992 [7] Businesswoman
Fakhruddin T. Khorakiwala 1993 Businessman
I. M. Kadri 1994 Architect
Sunil Gavaskar 1995 Cricketer
Subir Kumar Choudhury 1996 Businessman
Usha Kiran 1997[9] Actress
Kulwant Singh Kohli 1998 Restaurateur
Chandrakant Bakshi 1999 Writer
Augustine Francis Pinto 2000 Chairman, Ryan Group Of Institutions
Ashok V. Mehta 2001 Businessman
Kiran Shantaram 2002, 2003 Filmmaker
Jagannathrao Hegde 2004[10] Dentist
Vijaypat Singhania 2006 Businessman
no election 2007
Indu Shahani 2008 [11] Academic
no election 2009-2013
Satish Chitgopekar 2016 Academic

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dictionary of Indian Biography. p. 43.
  2. ^ a b Dictionary of Indian Biography. p. 39.
  3. ^ Dictionary of Indian Biography. p. 229.
  4. ^ Dictionary of Indian Biography. p. 35.
  5. ^ a b Dictionary of Indian Biography. p. 122.
  6. ^ Dictionary of Indian Biography. p. 97.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar as at au av aw ax ay az ba bb bc "Raj Bhavan Archives (A Class Files - Permanent Record" (PDF). Retrieved 12 August 2017.
  8. ^ "Leela Moolgaokar (1916-1992)". Tata Central Archives. Archived from the original on 2015-01-08. Retrieved 2014-09-04.
  9. ^ "Actress Usha Kiran passes away at 71". The Indian Express. March 10, 2000.
  10. ^ "New sheriff wants stress-free Mumbai". MiD DAY. 23 December 2003. Retrieved 31 December 2010.
  11. ^ "Over three years on, Mumbai has no sheriff". Mumbai Mirror. Retrieved 12 August 2017.