Lawyer M. Ravi dropped as panellist because of his medical condition: Law Society

M. Ravi speaks to reporters at the Speakers' Corner in Singapore on Feb 14, 2015. -- PHOTO: REUTERS 
M. Ravi speaks to reporters at the Speakers' Corner in Singapore on Feb 14, 2015. -- PHOTO: REUTERS 

SINGAPORE - The Law Society has said that M. Ravi was dropped as a speaker at a conference because of concerns about his medical condition.

Mr Ravi was lined up as a panellist for the conference in July last year, at a time when there was no indication there would be any concerns about his involvement.

But given current developments including his medical condition, the conference was too close for the governing council to continue to responsibly include him as a panellist.

"The decision was not taken arbitrarily and Mr Ravi was informed of the grounds of the council's decision," it said.

Mr Ravi, 43, who was due to speak at the Society's Constitutional and Administrative Law Conference later this month, denounced the move, calling it "derogatory and oppressive".

He was suspended from practice last week by the Law Society, pending an assessment of his medical condition by his consultant psychiatrist. The move was triggered by serious concerns raised about his conduct in the days preceding the ban.

The Law Society indicated at the time of the ban that it was not precluded from taking further action following treatment of his medical condition.

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