K. N. Choksy no more

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Former Finance Minister, Constitutional Lawyer and President’s Counsel K. N. Choksy passed away yesterday at the age of 82 after a brief illness.

He was Member of Parliament from the national list in 1989 and continued till 2010. Mr. Choksy served as the Minister for
Constitutional and State Affairs from 1993 to 1994 and thereafter was the Minister of Finance from 2001 to 2004. Mr. Choksy was appointed President’s Counsel in 1981 and during 1989 to 1992, he successfully defended President Ranasinghe Premadasa, as his
Senior-Counsel, in a petition filed seeking to annul the presidential election.

The case was heard for 525 days before five Judges of the Supreme Court, with 911 witnesses testifying. Kairshasp Nariman Choksy belongs to the small, yet well established and respected, Parsi community of Sri Lanka, of which he is currently the Anjuman  Chairman.
He was the first Parsi Advocate in the country. Mr. 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 in Mount Lavinia.