Law Society explains withdrawal of M Ravi from conference as panellist

Law Society explains withdrawal of M Ravi from conference as panellist

SINGAPORE - Lawyer M. Ravi has been withdrawn from the Law Society's conference due to "his current medical condition".

In a press statement released today, the Law Society said they had "received multiple queries from the media concerning the withdrawal of Mr M Ravi as a panellist from the Law Society's Administrative and Constitutional Law Conference 2015 to be held on Feb 27, 2015".

They explained that "given the proximity of the conference, coupled with these concerns, which include his current medical condition, the effectiveness of his medical regime, and the workability of his monitoring system, the council is of the view that it cannot responsibly continue to include him as a panellist in our conference."

There was no indication that Mr Ravi would voluntarily withdraw from the conference, added the statement.

The Straits Times reported that Mr Ravi had "denounced the move, calling it 'derogatory and oppressive'".

Mr Ravi was deemed medically unfit for duty due to hypomania from Feb 3 to 6 but ignored the psychiatrist's advise, the Law Society had said in a statement on Feb 12.

Hypomania is a type of bipolar disorder characterised by persistently elevated or irritable mood.

Mr Ravi's attending psychiatrist had certified him as being medically unfit, and advised him not to practise as an advocate and solicitor from Feb 3 to Feb 6 but Mr Ravi did not comply with the advice and had appeared in court while on medical leave.

As a result, he was told to cease practising until he submitted to a medical examination by his attending psychiatrist or a certified consultant psychiatrist.

The Law Society had invited Mr Ravi to be a panellist at the conference in July 2014 as at that point in time, it had no information suggesting there would be any concerns regarding his participation.

spanaech@sph.com.sg

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