K. W. Devanayagam
|The Honourable Deshamanya
K. W. Devanayagam
|Minister of Justice|
|Succeeded by||Nissanka Wijeratne|
|Minister of Home Affairs|
|Member of the Ceylonese Parliament
|Preceded by||P. Manicavasagam|
|Born||26 March 1910|
|Died||17 December 2002(aged 92)|
|Political party||United National Party|
|Alma mater||St. Joseph's College, Colombo
Ceylon Law College
|Ethnicity||Sri Lankan Tamil|
Devanayagam was born on 26 March 1910. A Roman Catholic, Devanayagam was educated at St. Joseph's College, Colombo. A keen sportsman, he captained the school's cricket team in 1930 and was the East Ceylon champion in tennis. After school Devanayagam joined Ceylon Law College, qualifying as a proctor.
Devanayagam stood as an independent candidate for Kalkudah at the 1947 parliamentary election but was defeated by V. Nalliah. He contested the 1965 parliamentary election as a United National Party candidate. He won the election and entered Parliament. He was re-elected at the 1970 and 1977 parliamentary elections. He was appointed Minister of Justice in July 1977. He became Minister of Home Affairs in February 1980.
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