Committed lawyer of ex-maid Parti Liyani leaves no stone unturned and shuns the limelight

A Gerald Genta watch (top) with a broken strap - initially valued at $25,000 and later at $10,000 - and a black dress (above) were allegedly stolen by Ms Parti Liyani from her employer's son Karl Liew. PHOTOS: HUMANITARIAN ORGANISATION FOR MIGRATION
Indonesian maid Parti Liyani with her lawyer Anil Balchandani outside the State Courts on Tuesday after the last charge against her was dropped.ST PHOTO: WONG KWAI CHOW

The sheer amount of work that Mr Anil Balchandani put into defending a maid left such an impression that High Court judge Justice Chan Seng Onn, in lauding him for his pro bono work, took special note of the number of pages of his written submissions.

For the record, he turned in 279 pages after a 22-day district court trial, while his submissions for the High Court appeal numbered 221 pages - excluding attachments.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on September 13, 2020, with the headline 'Committed lawyer leaves no stone unturned and shuns the limelight'. Print Edition | Subscribe