Lawyers face probe as appeal fails

Lawyers face probe as appeal fails

SINGAPORE - Two lawyers face a professional misconduct probe after they failed in a court bid to have the proceedings called off.

Mr Manjit Singh and Mr Sree Govind Menon will be investigated by a disciplinary tribunal after their final appeal was dismissed.

The case was triggered by a complaint made in 2010 by art gallery owner Bernadette Rankine.

It relates to about $1.6 million that was entrusted to Mr Singh and $200,000 to Mr Menon, according to previous reports.

Disciplinary proceedings were started and then Chief Justice Chan Sek Keong appointed a disciplinary tribunal.

In November last year, Ms Rankine wrote to the Law Society to withdraw her complaint.

But it decided to continue with the proceedings anyway.

The two lawyers wrote to Chief Justice Chan urging him to revoke the appointment of the tribunal. He turned them down. They then applied for a judicial review to challenge his refusal.

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