Lawyer M Ravi charged with criminal defamation of Law Minister K ShanmugamDec 16, 2020 | 🚀 Fathership
Ravi, 51, is accused of defaming Minister of Law K Shanmugam by citing an allegation that Mr Shanmugam "Calls the (shots) and (controls)” as well as "Wields influence" over the Chief Justice.
The alleged libel occurred in a post Ravi made on his Facebook page on Nov 6. He claimed that he had heard these allegations from fellow lawyer Eugene Thuraisingam.
According to Mr Thuraisingam, Ravi made similar allegations on his Facebook page in 2017, with Mr Thuraisingam clarifying the matter with Mr Shanmugam the next day.
Ravi is a well-known human rights lawyer from Carson Law Chambers who has represented several convicts on death row.
In October, he successfully fought against a death sentence of drug trafficker Gobi Avedian, but gave an interview to The Online Citizen Asia afterwards that prompted a rebuttal by the Attorney-General's Chambers (AGC).
After Ravi failed to apologise and retract the allegations he purportedly made insinuating that the AGC had acted in bad faith or maliciously, AGC filed a disciplinary complaint to the Law Society of Singapore over Ravi's possible professional misconduct.