Indian-origin lawyer suspended from practice in Singapore
The Singapore High Court on Thursday suspended the practising certificate of a top Indian-origin human rights lawyer here "untill further order", prompting him to denounce the decision as unfair and politically motivated.
Singapore: The Singapore High Court on Thursday suspended the practising certificate of a top Indian-origin human rights lawyer here "untill further order", prompting him to denounce the decision as unfair and politically motivated.
45-year-old M Ravi, was barred from practice after a judge found that, the Law Society of Singapore had "acted reasonably with good grounds" in issuing a direction to him to cease his practice, Channel News Asia reported.
According to a statement by The Law Society, "Justice Quentin Loh was satisfied that Ravi's fitness to practise was "impaired by reason of his medical condition".
It had previously said its order to Ravi to stop legal practice on February 10, 2015 was due to him refusing to heed his psychiatrist's advice to hospitalise himself, after he was diagnosed as being hypomaniac.
He also appeared in court despite being on medical leave, the Law Society said.
The judge said "Ravi must produce a medical report from his attending psychiatrist, or any other psychiatrist approved by the Law Society, to lift the current suspension".
"The key concern in such matters is to strike the right balance between protecting the rights of the solicitor concerned and the public interest," the Law Society said.
"The Law Society as a regulatory body is entrusted with the duty to deal with such situations where the medical condition of a member of the profession raises concerns which may affect public confidence in the legal profession as a whole," it said.
"In this case, the court was satisfied this was an appropriate case for an order for suspension. The Law Society hopes that Ravi will take this opportunity to seek the appropriate treatment with a view to making a recovery before seeking to resume practice," it added.
Ravi is a prominent lawyer and has handled a number of high profile cases.
He told reporters after the closed-door hearing that the move was discriminatory, unfair and politically motivated in the wake of him announcing his intention to run in the next General Election, the Strait Times reported
He also said he will see his psychiatrist Munidasa Winslow, who is currently overseas, next Thursday.