Former Attorney General, leading lawyer, President's Counsel and former rugby player C.R. de Silva, 65, ('Bulla' to friends) passed away yesterday at a Colombo Nursing Home. He was an old boy of Royal College, Colombo and the Chairman of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC).
He joined the Attorney General's Department as a State Counsel in May 1976. In 1984, he was promoted as a Senior State Counsel and was appointed Deputy Solicitor General in October 1992. Mr. de Silva was appointed by the President to head the vital LLRC that was constituted to report on the crucial aspect of post-war reconciliation. He served as a lecturer and examiner at the General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University and was an examiner at the Sri Lanka Law College.
Royal College Colombo Principal yesterday requested teachers, parents and students to assemble at the main entrance of Borella Cemetery tomorrow at 9.45 a.m. to pay their respects to de Silva. C. R. de Silva captained the Royal rugby team in 1968. Under his leadership, Royal College won the Bradby Shield beating Trinity College, Kandy by 19/0 and 5/3 and also won the Michael Gunaratne Trophy by beating S Thomas' College, Mount Lavinia by 22/0.
He entered the Sri Lanka Law College and was called to the Bar in 1974 where he continued his legal practice after retirment.