Subhas Anandan: 6 stories about the leading criminal lawyer

Criminal lawyer Subhas Anandan, 67, died in Singapore General Hospital on Wednesday morning. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND LIM
Criminal lawyer Subhas Anandan, 67, died in Singapore General Hospital on Wednesday morning. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND LIM

SINGAPORE - Criminal lawyer Subhas Anandan, 67, died in Singapore General Hospital on Wednesday morning.

He leaves behind his wife, Vimala, 56, and son Sujesh, 24. The prominent lawyer, a senior partner at RHTLaw Taylor Wessing and president of the Association of Criminal Lawyers in Singapore, had earned a reputation for defending notorious criminals, many a time pro bono.

Here are some pieces about the man from The Straits Times archives.


Subhas Anandan tells SundayLife! what he wants and needs for Christmas

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Leading criminal lawyer Subhas Anandan, 66, says, "I don't really want anything. If people really want to give me something, the best they can do is pray for me."

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'Second chance' lawyer gets a second chance

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The man who believes in giving others a second chance now has his own.

Less than a year ago, doctors handed veteran criminal lawyer Subhas Anandan the death sentence. After he was diagnosed with heart and kidney failure, they told his family to take him home and arrange for palliative care.

But his family refused.

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Leading criminal lawyer back in action

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Leading criminal lawyer Subhas Anandan is "back from the brink" and set to appear for a high-stakes court case on June 5 after being out of action for six months.

Mr Subhas, 67, who is president of the Association of Criminal Lawyers of Singapore, had suffered long-standing heart and kidney ailments which involved frequent hospital treatment.

"The six-month layoff gave me time to do a lot of thinking and get my priorities right," he told The Straits Times.

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Confession of a lawyer who went from hero to speed zero

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The man that rivals feared and clients pinned their hopes on has a confession to make.

“I got all my priorities wrong,” says prolific criminal lawyer Subhas Anandan, 66, looking gaunt at his Leonie Hill home.

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Not yet ready to quit

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Well-known criminal lawyer Subhas Anandan is “irritated” with the new generation of lawyers, many of whom he feels do pro bono for publicity.

“They are jumping onto the bandwagon for their own selfish reasons,” he told My Paper.

He may be less robust-looking than usual because of his failing health, but his signature grisly sideburns and hair, now speckled white, still give him a look many may have feared, in and out of court.

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Murderers. Maid abusers. Rapists. And he defends them all

If someone's in big trouble and needs a lawyer, chances are he'll call Subhas Anandan.

And when he meets the 55-year-old lawyer to talk, he may find him dressed in a T-shirt or kurta (loose collarless shirt), unless he has to attend court.

His clients feel more comfortable with him that way, said Mr Anandan.

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