30 Jun 2006

I'm the victim here, says Ravi

Lawyer facing action writes to the Law Society
Friday • June 30, 2006
Christie Loh

christie@newstoday.com.sg

Lawyer M Ravi (picture), 37, is facing the prospect of a temporary suspension — or worse, having his licence revoked — for insolence toward a female district judge, a case that comes in the wake of several instances of improper court behaviour.

But Mr Ravi wrote a letter to the Law Society yesterday, decrying what he called "a serious miscarriage of justice".

He argued that his case did not warrant an appearance before the Court of Three Judges. That is the legal profession's top disciplinary authority with the power to strike an errant lawyer off the rolls or suspend him for a maximum of five years.

The Law Society's disciplinary committee had referred Mr Ravi to the highest body after hearing of the solicitor's rude behaviour during a trial presided over by District Judge Wong Choon Ning three years ago.

Mr Ravi's poor behaviour included speaking loudly while other cases were being heard, and remaining seated while being addressed by the judge.

Because Justice Wong lodged a complaint with the Law Society, the matter was brought before its disciplinary committee which last week ordered Mr Ravi to pay the Law Society costs of $2,000 and also decided to involve the Court of Three Judges.

Mr Ravi, who has forked out more than $5,000 for four previous transgressions, told Today that he would pay the latest penalty. But he insisted that the Law Society had no case against him.

He explained that Justice Wong had accepted his apology. And because she refused to testify against him, the Law Society should then have either dropped all the charges, or proceeded with the case without the judge's evidence, which could eventually lead to the charge not being proved.

However, neither course of action was taken, as the Law Society went on to amend the charges, resulting in a less serious case against Mr Ravi.

That confused the disciplinary committee, which chided the Law Society for not having understood the legal implications. But the committee still concluded that Mr Ravi should go before the Court of Three Judges because disrespect for judicial authority is "like poison transfused into the system little by little attracting less than serious attention," the committee said in its report.

"As a result of a series of misdirections, I am now a victim," Mr Ravi said in his letter.

When contacted, Law Society's communications assistant director Shawn Toh said he had not seen the letter.

"I don't know how the Council will respond. They may choose to ignore it or not," he added.

Mr Ravi, who is representing the Singapore Democratic Party's Dr Chee Soon Juan in a defamation case filed against him by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew, received support from his client.

Dr Chee said that if Mr Ravi was suspended, it could deprive SDP leaders of legal representation.

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12 comments:

Anonymous said...

The Lee mafia is getting their running dogs to fix SDP and their supporters.

Anonymous said...

or the Law Society was embarrased over what happened with David Rasif and the missing $16 million, just months after imposing a new rule to stop lawyers running off with clients' money.

So, its a show of power against an easy target.

Anonymous said...

How amazing, a little judge justice, of singapore banana state, justice wong complaints about rudenessw.

She probably imagies she is preciding at the Old Bailey in London, the seat of the British legal system.

Ravi has only to complain about her actions to the British ins of LAW, who would warn her and even strike her off, silly little small minded singapore woman.

But poor Ravi is certainly the fall guy, AND FINAL ELEMENT OF THE SDP.

Anonymous said...

First the compliant judiciary, then they sue the opposition,third they refused overseas QC representations for the defendents.Now they will fix the local lawyer who dare to challenge them.
this is is Singapore justice for you

Anonymous said...

I hope foreign bodies will come and keep our legal and political system in check. From what i see Singapore is fast becoming a fantastic breeding ground for bullies with strong financial resources and political backings (with the PAP of course).

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ycbi said...
With this kind of thing happening more and more around the world and not just in Singabloodypore ,is it little wonder that more and more people are taking the law into there own hands !! The diference in singapore is that they are so open about there corrupt system of justice .

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Anonymous said...

M Ravi's book, Hung At Dawn, is a good read about cases involving drugs.

available for loan at libraries.

one of the few instances whereby the defendant is presumed to be guilty until proven innocent.

ed said...

What a joke! Surely Lee Kuan Yew & Son can't be so desperate to shut Ravi up that they had to dig up something that happened three years ago? And I thought our justice system is so efficient that one only had to wait a few months at most for his case to be heard!

So who's this Justice Wong? I wouldn't be surprised if he/she is related to short fuck Wong kan Seng or some PAP crony.

Anonymous said...

i understand she is a world expert of dildos

Anonymous said...

Thought with much hope that the judicial authority would be improved in the sense that it would be more just and fair both in the political aspect under the new CJ Bao Chin Tien but it looks like not much of a difference.