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Arumugam Ratnavadivel Surendhran: Obituary

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Arumugam Ratnavadivel Surendhran, President’s Counsel, a leading member of the Sri Lankan Bar and a well known Hindu Religions Leader passed away on Monday morning.

The remains will lie at his residence 12, Carlwil Place, Colpetty. The remains will be taken to Cemetery ( Hindu Section ) for cremation at 12 pm on Wednesday, April 13. 

Mr. A.R. Surendhran was a Senior Lawyer practising at the Colombo Bar and Appellate Courts. He held a Masters Degree (LL.M) (Hons) in International and Comparative Law from the University of Brussels majoring in International Economic Development Law, International Trade Law and International Taxation. He has also carried out research work at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies of the University of London. In addition to undergoing a training course in European Economic Law at the Head Quarters of the European Commission in Brussels; and a course in ‘International Trade Law’ conducted by the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs; he has read papers at international symposiums including seminars held at the George Washington University, Washington D.C., U.S.A., European Court of Human Rights, Strasbourg, and the European Court of Justice, Luxembourg.

He was appointed as a President’s Counsel in 2004. He also functioned as an Examiner to the Incorporated Council of Legal Education, and the Chairman of the Law Committee of the Bar Association of Sri lanka. Appointed by the Minister of Justice as a member of the Law Reform Committee on land frauds and a member of the Law Reform Committee on the Law of Thesawalamai. He was also appointed as a member of the Advisory Committee on Law relating to Hindu Religious Trusts. He was the President of the Colombo Vivekananda Society and a Trustee of the All Ceylon Hindu Congress.

Mr. A.R. Surendhran was an old boy of Jaffna Central College, where he was a student from 1963 to 1974. At college he excelled in studies and extracurricular activities. He was a College Prefect and the President of the Advanced Level Students’ Union (1973). He was also the House Captain of Percival House (1972) and the President of the Hindu Union (1972). He won the First Prize for English Oratory in the Northern Province. He had also won the First Prize for General Knowledge for six consecutive years from 1967-1973.

He was the eldest son of late Mr. Arumugam Ratnavadivel of Sai Movement and a son-in-law of late Mr. Velupillai Murugesu, Solicitor and Attorney-at-Law, and Founder of Sri Aurobindo Society.

The remains will lie at his residence 12, Carlwil Place, Colpetty. The remains will be taken to Cemetery ( Hindu Section ) for cremation at 12 pm on Wednesday, April 13. 

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