K.N. Choksy No More

Former Minister of Finance and prominent constitutional lawyer K.N. Choksy in Colombo died at the age of 82.

He also served as Cabinet Minister of Constitutional & State Affairs from 1993 to 1994 under President D. B. Wijetunga

Born in 1933, Choksy received his primary education at S. Thomas' Preparatory School, Kollupitiya, being one of the first students to be admitted to the school at its founding in 1938. He then continued his secondary education at S. Thomas' College Mount Lavinia. From boyhood, he imbued the legal atmosphere in his father's Law Chambers and being called to the Sri Lankan Bar as an Advocate in 1958 rapidly established himself in a leading practice in the civil courts of the metropolis of Colombo. Choksy was appointed as President's Counsel in 1981. He appeared as lead-Counsel on one side or the other in many a civil Cause-celebre.

During the period 1989 to 1992, he successfully defended the country's President Ranasinghe Premadasa, as his Senior-Counsel, in a Petition filed seeking to annul the President's election. The case took 525 days of hearing before five Judges of the Supreme Court, with 911 witnesses testifying.

He entered the Sri Lanka Parliament in February 1989 as a nominated Member on the National List. The Sri Lankan Constitution makes provision for a limited number of such appointments, so that the Professional and Academic communities could find representation in the Legislature without having to contest at elections.

Choksy was a Member of Parliament from 1989 to 2010 continuously.

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