Nariman (K.N.) Choksy

Kairshasp Nariman (K.N.) Choksy is the son of late Queen's Counsel N.K. Choksy, a leading Sri-Lankan lawyer who had a lucrative practice from the forties to the late sixties. He was called to the Sri Lankan Bar in 1958 and to the U.K. Bar (Gray's Inn) in 1973 for purpose of appearing, in the High Court London, in a claim for damages against the 'London Times'.Minister Choksy is the son of late Queen's Counsel N.K.

Kairshasp Nariman (K.N.) Choksy was appointed President's Counsel in 1981. He was a member of Bar Council of Sri Lanka from 1978 to 1987 and held the Chairman's post of the Law Committee of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka from 1980 to 1982.

He has served as Legal Counsel for several foreign Embassies in Sri Lanka and also represented the Sri Lanka Government as Senior Counsel in Arbitration Proceedings instituted by British interests regarding compensation payable upon nationalisation of the Tea plantations and manufacturing industry in Sri Lanka.

He represented the American contractors (Zackey-Dillingham) in a dispute with Sri Lankan authorities in a case arising from a civil engineering contract for the largest irrigation cum hydro-electricity scheme in Sri Lanka and advised the Swedish contractors (Skanska) when it was building themulti-purpose dam and hydro-electricity plant of the Mahaweli Project.

He was a member of the Sri Lanka Delegation to the United Nations General Assembly in 1986 and a member of Parliament since 1989, (nominated to Parliament to occupy a seat reserved for professionals and technocrats).

He was appointed Minister of Constitutional and State Affairs in the Cabinet of Sri Lanka from May 1993 to August 1994. He is currently Finance Minister in the Ranil Wickremesinghe cabinet since December 2001.