Law Society members seek clarification from Council on treatment of M Ravi
Posted by temasektimes on September 22, 2012
A storm is brewing in the horizon for the Law Society as some 50 members filed a motion calling for an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) to discuss the treatment of prominent human rights lawyer M Ravi.
Some 50 members of the Law Society of Singapore have sought full clarification from the society’s Council on its conduct and protocols.
The controversy arises after a Law Society council member, Mr Wong Siew Hong, appeared in High Court in July to hand over a letter from lawyer M Ravi’s psychiatrist, stating that he was medically unfit to practise.
At that time, Mr Ravi was in court to argue the Hougang by-election case.
In a strongly-worded letter dated 20 September to the President of the society, “seven matters of principle” were raised, asking for defined guidelines to deal with similar situations.
Among the questions raised in the letter – whether the council condoned the disclosure of confidential information given to the society, especially about its members and if the Secretariat had agreed for Mr Wong to intervene in Mr Ravi’s case.
It added that if Mr Wong has no express authority of the Council to tender the letter, he should be barred from holding office in the Council or any sub-committee for at least two years.