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T. R. A.

THUMBOO CHETTY

Raja Dharma Pravina, Sir T. R. A. Thumboo Chetty, C.I.E. ,


First Indian Chief Judge of the Chief Court of Mysore, Offg. Dewan of Mysore
B --/04/1837 Trichinopoly? - D 19/06/1907 Bangalore

Trichinopoly Rayalu Arakiaswamy Thumboo Chetty known as Sir T. R. A. Thumboo Chetty became the First
Indian Chief Judge of the Chief Court of Mysore in 1890.

In the Year 1879, T. R. A. Thumboo Chetty was the first native appointed to the important post of District
and Sessions Judge of the Nandidroog Division, he discharged this duty with commendable ability for about
five years.
After the Rendition of Mysore which took place in 1881, Mr. Thumboo Chetty was nominated ex-officio
Senior Member of the Council of His Highness the Maharajah of Mysore Chamarajendra Wodayar Bahadur.

In 1884 when the Chief Court of Mysore was constituted, this Court being the highest Court of Appeal, Mr.
Thumboo Chetty was appointed as one of the three Judges, and subsequently the Chief Judge (july 1890Nov 1895). He was made Companion of the Most Eminent Order of the Indian Empire in 1895.

The sudden demise of the Maharajah Chamarajendra Wodayar and since his eldest son His Highness the
Maharajah Krishnaraja Wadeyar Bahadur was a minor at that time, Sir T. R. A. Thumboo Chetty was
nominated in 1895, Senior Member of the Regency Council of Mysore of Her Highness the Regent Maharani
Vanivilas Sannidhana.

Sir T. R. A. Thumboo Chetty also officiated many times as the Dewan of Mysore in the absence of Sir K.
Seshadri Iyer who served as the Dewan of Mysore from 1883 to 1901.
Mr. T. R. A. Thumboo Chetty retired as the Acting Dewan of the State of Mysore in 1901 after serving the
Mysore State for 34 years.

Maharajah of Mysore Chamarajendra Wodayar (aged 15 years in 1878).


Source : Sir Richard Meade.

The Book about T. R. A Thumboo Chetty :


During my childhood I often heard members of the family mention about Mr. Thumboo Chetty but I only knew
vaguely that he was an important person and held a senior post in The Princely State of Mysore.

To my great surprise, 175 years after his birth, I found a book about Mr. T. R. A. Thumboo Chetty in the British
Library of London, written by his first son Mr. T. Royaloo Chetty, published hundred years back. This book is

Biography

not only a complete


of Mr. Thumboo Chetty, but also gives many interesting facts and
details related to the administration of the State of Mysore by wise Ministers and experienced Councillors, and
also in the field of education, judiciary...
Mr. Thumboo Chetty who lived the early years of his life in Madras, who started from humble situations,
obtained his first appointment as a clerk in the Madras Public Service and gradually rose to be the first Indian
Chief Judge of the Chief Court of Mysore and ended his career as the Prime Minister of one of the principal
Native States in British India.
I would like to dedicate this entire site to Mr. T.R.A. Thumboo Chetty and thank his son Mr. T. Royaloo Chetty
for writing this wonderful biography about his Eminent Father.

Teilhard RAJARATHNAM