Subhas Anandan criticizes Law Society over M Ravi fiasco
Posted by temasektimes on July 19, 2012
A representative from the Law Society Wong Siew Hong submitted a letter from Mr Ravi’s psychiatrist Dr Calvin Fones in High Court accusing him of being ‘unfit’ to practise law, a stunning move which was dismissed by the judge Justice Pillai.
In a strongly-worded letter to the Law Society signed by the Association of Criminal Lawyers of Singapore (ACLS) President Subhas Anandan, ACLS criticized the Law Society, saying that it viewed “with some trepidation” the actions of Mr Wong.
“The incident left a very bitter taste in the mouths and has potentially brought the Bar into disrepute…Justice Pillai acquitted himself well by ignoring (the society) representative who had absolutely no locus in this matter,” it added.
The ACLS raised several concerns, including why a Law Society representative was sent to an open court to deliver the letter and whether the society had written in to the Supreme Court “in a private manner befitting of the decorum necessary in such matters”.
The Law Society acknowledged the letter and replied that it will be responding to ACLS directly.