Lawyer M. Ravi granted $20,000 bail

M. Ravi was charged in court for three incidents that took place on July 31, Aug 8 and Aug 11. PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO
M. Ravi was charged in court for three incidents that took place on July 31, Aug 8 and Aug 11. PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

SINGAPORE - Lawyer M. Ravi, 48, was granted bail of $20,000 on Friday (Aug 25), after being remanded for psychiatric observation at the Institute of Mental Health for the last two weeks.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Sarah Ong told the court that as part of Ravi's bail conditions, he cannot put up any posts on Facebook, or any other social media platform.

He also cannot abuse, cause annoyance, harass, insult or disturb others when he is out on bail.

Ms Ong said Ravi is also not to "assault, use criminal force, cause hurt to others or otherwise commit any offence".

Ravi, who has been barred from applying for a practising certificate for two years since last October, told District Judge Christopher Goh that he accepts the bail conditions.

The judge said if Ravi were to commit any further offences while out on bail, he "might be minded to revoke" it.

Ravi is represented by lawyer Richard Siaw, who told the court that he is Ravi's former colleague.

 

Ravi is facing a total of seven charges.

On June 30, the human rights lawyer was charged with trespassing at a law firm in People's Park Centre, where he used to work. He is accused of entering law firm Eugene Thuraisingam LLP's branch office at about 2.15pm on June 27.

He allegedly committed the offence with another man, Lai Yew Thiam, 56.

Ravi was the head of knowledge management at the firm and was based at its Chinatown office.

The Straits Times understands that he lost his job in June and was told to vacate the premises by June 16.

On Friday, the court heard he was out on bail when he allegedly committed other offences.

He was hauled to court again on Aug 12 and had more charges slapped on him.

This time around, Ravi is accused of causing hurt by committing a rash act against Mr Nakoorsha Abdul Kadir and assaulting lawyer Jeannette Chong-Aruldoss, 54, on the seventh floor of The Adelphi building in Coleman Street, at about 11am on Aug 8.

He allegedly pushed Mrs Chong-Aruldoss outside her office and she fell to the floor.

He is also accused of throwing a bag at Mr Nakoorsha, who is a partner at Eugene Thuraisingam LLP.

According to court documents, Ravi also allegedly caused annoyance by using abusive language at the Sri Mariamman Temple in South Bridge Road on July 31 and Aug 11.

The pre-trial conference for the cases will be held on Aug 28.

If convicted of assault, he can be jailed for up to two years and fined up to $5,000.

And if convicted of causing annoyance, he can be fined up to $1,000 for each charge.