Law Society now wants court to admit M Ravi into IMH
Posted by temasektimes on August 25, 2012
After being embroiled in a controversial spat with prominent human rights lawyer M Ravi which has tarnished its reputation, the Law Society of Singapore is now applying for a court order to have him medically checked by a psychiatrist from the Institute of Mental Health to determine if he is fit to practise law in Singapore.
The originating summons filed by the society said Mr Ravi’s practising certificate will be suspended should he fail to submit to the medical examination, or if the IMH report states that Mr Ravi is unfit to practise law.
In response to media queries on Friday, the Law Society said it is fulfilling its duty and role as a “regulator” in making the application.
Mr Ravi had earlier sued the Law Society and its member Wong Siew Hong for defamation after he appeared in the High Court in July on three separate occasions to present a letter allegedly written by Mr Ravi’s psychiatrist, stating that he was having a relapse of bipolar disorder, and was “unfit to practise law”.