SINGAPORE - The Law Society of Singapore has issued an originating summons to lawyer M Ravi instructing him to see a psychiatrist, reported The Straits Times (ST).
Dated Aug 14, it states that Mr Ravi must see a registered medical practitioner or a practitioner at the Institute of Mental Health (IMH), to see if his "fitness to practice as a solicitor has been impaired by any physical or mental condition".
If Mr Ravi does not comply, his practising certificate would be suspended.
On Friday, Mr Ravi told ST that he had already submitted a report of his medical examination by a psychiatrist to the Law Society on Aug 7.
His medical examiner, Dr Munidasa Winslow, of Winslow Clinic said that Mr Ravi has a biopolar disorder and "hypomania", and would benefit from medications to stabilise his mood.
According to the report, Mr Ravi also filed an affidavit on Friday in response, claiming that the Law Society is "determined to destroy (him)" for suing them for defamation.
In addition, Mr Ravi said he will amend his writ of summons to include this latest development, and now wants $36 million in compensation for damages. It was previously reported that he wanted $21 million.
After Mr Ravi spoke to the press at his Shenton Way office, he and two friends, who were businessmen, took to the streets to protest against the way the society has treated him.
The three men reportedly walked to the Law Society's headquarters on South Bridge Road and held signs stating "Stop prosecution of M Ravi".