K. C. Kamalasabayson

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K. C. Kamalasabayson

கே. சி. கமலசபேசன்
39th Attorney General of Sri Lanka
In office
Preceded bySarath N. Silva
Succeeded byC. R. De Silva
38th Solicitor General of Sri Lanka
In office
Preceded byUpawansa Yapa
Succeeded byC. R. De Silva
Personal details
Born(1949-04-08)8 April 1949
Trincomalee, Ceylon
Died12 August 2007(2007-08-12) (aged 58)
Chennai, India
Alma materCeylon Law College
University of Colombo
King's College London
EthnicitySri Lankan Tamil

Kandapper Chinniah Kamalasabayson (8 April 1949 – 12 August 2007) was a Sri Lankan Tamil lawyer, Solicitor General of Sri Lanka and Attorney General of Sri Lanka.

Early life and family[edit]

Kamalasabayson was born on 8 April 1949 in Trincomalee, eastern Ceylon.[1][2] He was the son V. K. Chinniah, a landed proprietor and philanthropist.[3] Kamalasabayson's brother K. C. Kamalanathan was Principal State Counsel in Zambia and Principal Crown Prosecutor in Lesotho.[4][5] Kamalasabayson was educated at Colombo Hindu Primary School and S. Thomas' College, Mount Lavinia.[2][6][7] After school he joined Ceylon Law College, graduating in November 1971 with a first class honours pass.[2][6][8] He later received a master's degree in public law from the University of Colombo (1994) and a master's degree in international business law from King's College London (1995).[2][6][9]

Kamalasabayson married Ramani.[9][8] They had a daughter, Vidya.[9]


Kamalasabayson became an advocate of the Supreme Court on 23 June 1972.[2][6] He worked at the Unofficial Bar in the chambers of G. F. Sethukavalar and E. Balanadarajah before joining the Attorney-General's Department as an acting State Counsel on 1 August 1974.[1][2][6][9] He was promoted to Senior State Counsel (1983), Deputy Solicitor General (1992) and Additional Solicitor General (1 March 1996).[2][6][8][9] He was made a President's Counsel in 1996.[2][6] He became Solicitor-General on 1 December 1998 before being promoted to Attorney General on 15 October 1999.[2][6][9] He retired on 7 April 2007.[2][6][8]

Kamalasabayson was a visiting lecturer at Faculty of Law, University of Colombo, Open University of Sri Lanka and Sri Lanka Law College where he was also an examiner.[2][6][9] He was appointed to the Council of Legal Education of Sri Lanka in 1998.[2][6][10] He had completed the Legal Advisors' course at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, International Contract Negotiation course at the International Law Institute and the Construction Contracts course at the International Development Law Institute.[2][6] He was appointed to the Monetary Board of Sri Lanka on 18 July 2007.[6][10]

Kamalasabayson died on 12 August 2007 at Apollo Hospital in Chennai, India.[1][2][11]


  1. ^ a b c Gooneratne, Upali A. (12 April 2009). "The gentleman from the Official Bar". The Sunday Times (Sri Lanka).
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "Funeral of former AG to be held at Borella cemetery today". The Island (Sri Lanka). 15 August 2007.
  3. ^ Arumugam, S. (1997). Dictionary of Biography of the Tamils of Ceylon. pp. 38–39. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Malalasekera, Sarath (28 November 2007). "Bench and Bar pay tribute to seven legal luminaries". Daily News (Sri Lanka).
  5. ^ Neelakandan, Kandiah (7 April 2009). "Attorney General PC K.C. Kamalasabayson's 60th birth anniversary falls tomorrow: A great son of our land". Daily News (Sri Lanka). CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Neelakandan, Kandiah (17 August 2007). "Appreciation: Late Mr. K.C. Kamalasabayson, P.C., Former Attorney-General". The Island (Sri Lanka). CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "He was indeed a giant of our times". The Sunday Times (Sri Lanka). 26 August 2007.
  8. ^ a b c d Maniccavasagar, Chelvatamby (10 August 2008). "Former Attorney General Kamalasabayson - a multifaceted personality". The Island (Sri Lanka).
  9. ^ a b c d e f g Maniccavasagar, Chelvatamby (12 April 2013). "Birth anniversary: The Bar's Shining Son _ Kamalasabayson". Daily News (Sri Lanka).
  10. ^ a b "K.C. Kamalasabayson PC appointed to the Monetary Board". The Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka). 13 July 2007. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 29 March 2015.
  11. ^ Selvanayagam, S. S. (13 August 2007). "Kamalasabayson is no more". The Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka). Archived from the original on 29 March 2013. Retrieved 29 March 2015.
Legal offices
Preceded by
Sarath N. Silva
Attorney General of Sri Lanka
Succeeded by
Chitta De Silva