Singapore

Law Society ‘closely monitoring’ matters concerning lawyer M Ravi, will take ‘appropriate action’


SINGAPORE: The Law Society (LawSoc) mentioned on Thursday (Nov 25) it’s intently monitoring matters concerning lawyer M Ravi, who has made headlines for his behaviour in latest weeks. On Monday, in the course of the first day of a trial introduced by bus drivers in opposition to SBS Transit, Mr Ravi known as the transport operator’s lawyer Davinder Singh a “clown” and requested the decide to recuse herself from the case after alleging that she was “biased”. In the times that adopted, his shoppers discharged him as their lawyer and appointed Lim Tean to interchange him, saying he had embarrassed them and allow them to down “very badly”. Responding to CNA’s queries, LawSoc, which regulates legal professionals in Singapore, mentioned: “The Law Society is closely monitoring matters concerning Mr M Ravi. The society is considering these matters and will take appropriate action.” Mr Ravi, who has been making allegations about fellow legal professionals on his public Facebook web page in latest weeks, was ordered by the Court of Appeal in May to pay the prosecution private prices over an software he made within the case of a drug trafficker on dying row. The three-judge courtroom known as Mr Ravi’s conduct “egregious”, “improper” and even “grandstanding”. He selected to advance an unmeritorious software and incurred “unnecessary costs”, elevating numerous arguments “to see what would stick”, the courtroom mentioned. The judges discovered that Mr Ravi had introduced the appliance in abuse of course of and acted improperly, along with his conduct “(falling) short of what is expected of reasonable defence counsel”. In October 2020, the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) filed a disciplinary criticism to LawSoc in opposition to Mr Ravi over “possible professional misconduct”. This was after he purportedly did not apologise for and retract allegations over the case of one other drug trafficker, whose dying sentence was overturned by the Apex Court. In December 2020, Mr Ravi was charged in courtroom with prison defamation of Law Minister Ok Shanmugam, by citing an allegation that Mr Shanmugam “calls the (shots)” and “wields influence” over the Chief Justice. In March this yr, AGC discontinued the prison proceedings on the situation that Mr Ravi accepted a 24-month conditional warning for the offence, deleted the related Facebook publish and revealed an apology and enterprise to not repeat the allegations. This was after “careful consideration” of representations by Mr Ravi’s defence counsel, AGC mentioned on the time. In 2016, Mr Ravi was barred from making use of for a practising certificates for 2 years, with a courtroom saying his psychological situation prompted him to conduct himself “deplorably in relation to the judiciary, his clients and the profession as a whole”. Mr Ravi, who has bipolar dysfunction, returned to legislation observe in 2019. Under the Legal Profession Act, legal professionals discovered responsible of misconduct will be censured, prohibited from making use of for a practising certificates for as much as 5 years, ordered to pay a penalty of as much as S$20,000 or struck off the roll.



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