Friday, 25 January 2013 09:27

Indravaden Tribondass (Bill) Inamdar: 1931 -2012

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I first came to know Indravaden Tribondass (Bill) Inamdar in or about 1938/39 when I joined school in Mombasa and he was 3 – 4 years senior to me.  On completion of his Senior Cambridge/London Matriculation he left for England for studies and was awarded the LLB Honors Degree from the University of London and was called to the Bar by the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn in 1952 and was admitted here in Kenya in 1953.  

Bill was the oldest son of the late T J Inamdar, Q C who was an acknowledged authority of Muslim Law and our Law Reports confirm this because it was his insight and that brought about clarifications and binding decisions of the Courts on the WAKF Law.

Bill joined his father and was later joined by his younger brother, Subodh and brother-in-law Nathwarlal Brambhatt, and they practiced under the firm name of Inamdar & Inamdar, Advocates in Mombasa.

Bill was regarded as a lead Counsel having a substantive practice in the Court of Appeal and was acknowledged as a Specialist in Insurance law and in fact he was a member of the Commission appointed by former President Moi to give a comprehensive analysis of the Insurance industry which was chaired by a former Chief Justice Robin Hancox. 

Besides leading a substantive and respected legal practice Bill, in his earlier days, stood for election as a Member of the Legislative Council of Kenya. Even though he was unsuccessful I can recollect his style in addressing members of the Asian public - he was contesting a seat reserved for Asians as was the practice prevailing during the colonial days of divide and rule. 

He showed great dedication in his plea that the time had come for Kenya to be granted independence and that equal treatment should be meted out to Africans and Asians. His was a very forceful voice, not only in the Mombasa Indian Association, but also in the Kenya National Congress and he, like me, was one of the 24 founder members of the Kenya Freedom Party; which was formed with the main object of being a spokesman body for the Asian Community demanding independence of Kenya. He was also a nominated Member of the East African Legislative Assembly between 1961 and 1964.

Bill was always treated with the utmost of respect by the Courts and it was very educative listening to him because of the immense hard work he put into researching the law, and this was evident as his name is very often mentioned in our Law Reports.  Bill’s contribution to the law is a testimony of his diligence and honesty of purpose and as Speaker of the National Assembly, The Honourable Marende, mentioned in his tribute and I could do no better than to quote him when he said ‘Many of us who interacted and worked with him will acknowledge that he was a resolute, humble, gentle, pleasant man and amicable and we will miss him.’

Bill is survived by his wife Suman and their 3 children, one of whom Samir looks after the legal practice in Mombasa being Inamdar & Inamdar.

May his soul rest in peace.

Rustam Hira, Advocate

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