Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, President’s Counsel will come forward for the Presidency of Bar Association of Sri Lanka. Elections to elect office bearers are being held annually and the election for 2012/2013 will be held in February/March 2012. Mr.Rajapakshe is a Senior Lawyer and has held important positions in the BASL in the past.
He also had held several public offices to his credit such as Chairman, Sri Lanka Press Council, Vice President, World Association of Press Councils, Chairman, Rent Board of Review, Managing Director, ANCL, Director, Rupavahini Corporation, Director, National Film Corporation.
He also held the office of Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE). He has been conferred with the honorary award of “LMD Sri Lankan of 2007” and he won the TOYP award in 1998. He also has been conferred with the honorary title “Damma Neethi Visharada Sasan Vibooshana” by Asgiri Chapter of Maha Vihara. He has obtained a M.Phill post graduate degree from Sri Jayawardanapura University on Buddhist Civilization. He is an author of several text books including the subjects in law.
In recognition of his extraordinary calibre in the legal profession, he was appointed as a President’s Counsel in 2001. He hails from a village in walasmulla in Giruwapattuwa, Hambantota.