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79. Chief Justice MM Ismail

The former Acting Governor of Tamil Nadu and former Chief Justice of the Madras High Court.

M. M. Ismail (February 8, 1921 - Jan 17, 2005) was an Indian politician who served as the acting Governor of Tamil Nadu and a Chief Justice of the Madras High Court

Early life
Ismail was born in Nagore, Tamil Nadu on February 8, 1921. He studied at the Madras Law College in 1945, after completing his mathematics (honours) degree from the Presidency College, Chennai.

 Work life

He was appointed as an additional judge at the Delhi High Court in February 1967 and was transferred to the Madras High Court in November 1967. He became Chief Justice of the court on November 6, 1979. On July 8, 1981 he tendered his resignation, following his transfer to the Kerala High Court as its Chief Justice.
On October 27, 1980, Ismail was sworn-in as the acting Governor of Tamil Nadu in the place of Prabhudas Patwari.


Ismail was a learned Tamil scholar of Kamba Ramayana. As the president of the Kamban Kazhagam, he was responsible for organising literary festivals focussing on classical Tamil literature.


Ismail died at Chennai on Jan 17, 2005 after a long illness leaving behind him two sons and a daughter.

Source : Wikipedia


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