K. W. Devanayagam

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K. W. Devanayagam
க. வி. தேவநாயகம்
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Minister of Justice
In office
Succeeded byNissanka Wijeratne
Minister of Home Affairs
Member of the Ceylonese Parliament
for Kalkudah
In office
Preceded byP. Manicavasagam
Personal details
Born(1910-03-26)26 March 1910
Died17 December 2002(2002-12-17) (aged 92)
Political partyUnited National Party
Alma materSt. Joseph's College, Colombo
Ceylon Law College
EthnicitySri Lankan Tamil
ReligionRoman Catholic

Deshamanya Kanapathipillai William "Bill" Devanayagam (26 March 1910 – 17 December 2002) was a Sri Lankan Tamil lawyer, politician, government minister and Member of Parliament.

Early life[edit]

Devanayagam was born on 26 March 1910.[1] A Roman Catholic, Devanayagam was educated at St. Joseph's College, Colombo.[2][3] A keen sportsman, he captained the school's cricket team in 1930 and was the East Ceylon champion in tennis.[2][3] After school Devanayagam joined Ceylon Law College, qualifying as a proctor.[2]


Devanayagam practised law in Kalkudah, Batticaloa District for many years.[2][3]

Devanayagam stood as an independent candidate for Kalkudah at the 1947 parliamentary election but was defeated by V. Nalliah.[4] He contested the 1965 parliamentary election as a United National Party candidate. He won the election and entered Parliament.[5] He was re-elected at the 1970 and 1977 parliamentary elections.[6][7] He was appointed Minister of Justice in July 1977.[8] He became Minister of Home Affairs in February 1980.[3][9]

Devanayagam died on 17 December 2002.[2][3]


  1. ^ "Devanayagam, Kanapathipillai William". Parliament of Sri Lanka.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Ex-Justice Minister Devanayagam dies". The Island (Sri Lanka). 18 December 2002.
  3. ^ a b c d e Perera, Supun (23 January 2003). "K. W. Devanayagam - the gentle politician". Daily News (Sri Lanka). Archived from the original on 13 May 2007.
  4. ^ "Result of Parliamentary General Election 1947" (PDF). Department of Elections, Sri Lanka. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-02-04.
  5. ^ "Result of Parliamentary General Election 1965" (PDF). Department of Elections, Sri Lanka. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-07-13.
  6. ^ "Result of Parliamentary General Election 1970" (PDF). Department of Elections, Sri Lanka.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "Result of Parliamentary General Election 1977" (PDF). Department of Elections, Sri Lanka.[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ Rajasingham, K. T. "Chapter 25: War or peace?". Sri Lanka: The Untold Story.
  9. ^ Rajasingham, K. T. "Chapter 27: Horsewhip Amirthalingham". Sri Lanka: The Untold Story.