The Bar “closely monitors” the cases concerning the lawyer M Ravi and will take “the appropriate measures”

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SINGAPORE: The Law Society (LawSoc) said Thursday, November 25, that it was closely following cases involving lawyer M Ravi, who has made headlines for his behavior in recent weeks.

On Monday, on the first day of a lawsuit by bus drivers against SBS Transit, Mr Ravi called the lawyer for transport operator Davinder Singh a “clown” and called on the judge to stand up for herself. withdraw from the case after claiming it was “one-sided”.

In the days that followed, his clients removed him from his legal position and appointed Lim Tean to replace him, saying he had embarrassed and disappointed them “very badly”.

Responding to questions from TSTIME, LawSoc, which regulates attorneys in Singapore, said, “The Bar is closely monitoring matters relating to Mr. Mr. Ravi. The company is reviewing these issues and will take appropriate action.

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Mr Ravi, who has made allegations about his fellow lawyers on his public Facebook page in recent weeks, was ordered by the appeals court in May to pay the prosecution’s personal costs for a claim he filed in the case of a drug dealer on death row. .

The three-judge tribunal called Mr. Ravi’s conduct “flagrant”, “inappropriate” and even “high standard”. He chose to advance an unfounded claim and incurred “unnecessary costs”, raising various arguments “to see what would be left,” the court said.

Judges ruled that Ravi brought the abuse of process petition and acted inappropriately, his conduct “(not) up to what is expected of a reasonable defense lawyer “.

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In October 2020, the Attorney General’s Office (AGC) filed a disciplinary complaint with LawSoc against Mr. Ravi for “possible professional misconduct”.

This was after he allegedly failed to apologize and withdraw his allegations regarding the case of another drug trafficker, whose death sentence was overturned by the Apex court.

In December 2020, Mr. Ravi was indicted by the criminal defamation court against Justice Minister K Shanmugam, citing an allegation that Mr. Shanmugam “calls the (hits)” and “exerts influence” on the chief justice.

In March of this year, AGC terminated the criminal prosecution on the condition that Mr. Ravi accepts a 24-month conditional warning for the offense, deletes the corresponding Facebook post and issues an apology and agrees not to repeat the charges. allegations.

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This was after “careful consideration” of representations by defense counsel for Mr. Ravi, AGC said at the time.

In 2016, Mr. Ravi was banned from applying for a certificate of practice for two years, a court saying his mental state had caused him to behave “in a deplorable way vis-à-vis the law, of its clients and of the profession as a whole ”.

Mr. Ravi, who suffers from bipolar disorder, resumed practicing law in 2019.

Under the Legal Profession Act, lawyers found guilty of misconduct can be censored, banned from applying for a practicing certificate for up to five years, fined up to S $ 20,000, or struck off role.

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