Akhlaq Ur-Rahman Choudhury has become the first British person of Bangladeshi origin to have been appointed as a Justice of the British High Court.
In an official statement on Friday, the Courts and Tribunals Judiciary of UK said: “The Queen has been pleased to approve the appointment of Mr Akhlaq Ur-Rahman Choudhury QC to be a Justice of the High Court with effect from 2 October 2017.”
Akhlaq will be addressed as the Honourable Mr Justice Choudhury.
The 50-year-old was called to the Bar in 1992 and became a Recorder in 2009. He was appointed as a Queen’s Counsel in 2015. In 2016, he was appointed as a deputy judge with the High Court.
Akhlaq achieved his Bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Glasgow University. He is also a Bachelor in Law from University of London.
His parents migrated to the UK from Zakiganj, Sylhet in what was then known as East Pakistan. Akhlaq’s father Azizur Rahman Choudhury was the first Bangladeshi to open a restaurant in Scotland located in Aberdeen by the name of “The Bengal.” During the Liberation War, Akhlaq’s father and mother Sultana Choudhury helped raise funds for the war effort and were recognised by General MAG Osmani.