Abu Sayeed Chowdhury : biography
Abu Sayeed Chowdhury (January 5, 1921 - August 2, 1987) was a jurist and the second President of Bangladesh.http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=149111 Abu Sayeed Choudhury was born on January 5, 1921 in a Zamindar family of Nagbari in Tangail District. His father Abdul Hamid Choudhury later became the speaker of the East Pakistan Provincial Assembly.
Abu Sayeed Choudhury joined the Calcutta High Court Bar in 1947, and after the partition of India he came over to Dhaka and joined the Dhaka High Court Bar (1948). He was a practising Advocate of Dhaka High Court and was a very renowned lawyer. In 1960, he was appointed as advocate general of East Pakistan.He was elevated to the post of Additional Judge of the Dhaka High Court on 7 July 1961 by the then President of Pakistan Field Marshal Mohammad Ayub Khan and was confirmed as Judge of the Dhaka High Court after two years. He had been a member of the Constitution Commission (1960–61) and chairman of the Bengali Development Board (1963-1968). Justice Chowdhury was appointed as vice-chancellor of Dhaka University in 1969. In 1971, while in Geneva he resigned from his post as vice-chancellor as a protest against the genocide in East Pakistan by the Pakistan army. From Geneva he went to the UK and became the special envoy of the provisional 'Mujibnagar' government. An umbrella organization, 'The Council for the People's Republic of Bangladesh in UK' was formed on 24 April 1971 in Coventry, UK, by the expatriate Bengali's, and a five member Steering Committee (central committee) of the Council was elected by them.He was the former High Commissioner for the People’s Republic of Bangladesh(01-08-1971-08-01-1972),Londonhttp://www.bhclondon.org.uk/list%20of%20HE.htm
President of Bangladesh
After liberation, Justice Chowdhury returned to Dhaka and was elected as President of Bangladesh on 12 January 1972. On 10 April 1973, he was again elected as President of Bangladesh, and in the same year (December) he resigned and become special envoy for external relations with the rank of a minister. On 8 August 1975, he was included in the cabinet of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman as minister of Ports and Shipping. After Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib was assassinated he became the minister for Foreign Affairs in the cabinet of President Khondakar Mostaq Ahmad (August 1975), a position which he held till 7 November 1975.
Abu Sayeed Choudhury did his graduation in 1940 from the Presidency College in Calcutta, obtained his Masters (1942) and Law degrees from Calcutta University and Bar-at-Law from London.http://www.banglapedia.org/httpdocs/HT/C_0226.HTM
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