Guwahati: Former Assam minister, a well known lawyer and the architect of the much talked IMDT Act, Abdul Muhib Mazumder passed away on Wednesday morning at around 8.15 AM.
He was undergoing treatment in Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) since one month and breathed his last today morning.
Family members of Mazumder had admitted the eminent lawyer to the hospital after his health deteriorated following high blood pressure and sudden escalation of his heart disease. He was undergoing treatment for the same.
He was 90 at the time of his death. His mortal remains will be taken to his Hatigaon residence from GMCH and his last rites will be performed today itself.
Mr Abdul Muhib Mazumder entered politics in 1970s and represented LA-6 Hailakandi four times as Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA), from 1983 – 1991, 1996-2001 and 2011-2016. This constituency was earlier represented by his father from 1946 to 1972.
Subsequently he disbanded UPPA and became the President of Samajwadi Party in Assam. Later he came back to Congress. Mr Mazumder was Deputy Leader of Opposition (1986-1991) and formerly Vice Chairman, State Planning Board of Assam. Other posts held by him were Member, State Security Commission; Member, AICC; Vice President APCC; Chairman APCC Minority Cell; Adviser Minority Department of APCC among others.
Mr Mazumder authored his autobiography “Down the memory” in four volumes. He was a very good debater and have won several prizes in Cotton College and in Aligarh Muslim University. Among many of his landmark cases the one in which he defended late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi against her Prosecution by Tirkha Commission in 1977-78 in the High Court was noteworthy. Two other landmarks in his career were drafting of the IMDT Act (Illegal Migrants Determination by Tribunal Act) 1983 and Assam Accord 1985 as the then Law Minister of Assam.