Tey's bid to retain PR status

Tey's bid to retain PR status
Former NUS law professor Tey Tsun Hang is fighting to keep his Singapore PR status.

The High Court yesterday reserved judgment on a second application this week for a judicial review by former law professor Tey Tsun Hang - this time against the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA).

On Monday, the same judge, Justice Quentin Loh, reserved judgment on whether Mr Tey should be allowed to go ahead with his bid to have the court review his sacking from the National University of Singapore last year.

Mr Tey, 43, was convicted in May last year of corruptly accepting gifts and sex from a student in exchange for better grades. He appealed and was acquitted by the High Court in February.

At a closed-door hearing yesterday, his lawyer M. Ravi argued that he should be given permission to proceed with his bid for the judicial review of the ICA's decision and decision-making process. The Attorney-General's Chambers is opposing his application.

Mr Tey, a Malaysian, was granted permanent residency status in 1998.

Several days before he was first charged in court on July 27, 2012, he made an electronic application to renew his re-entry permit, which was due to expire in six months, but was unable to submit it.

Without a valid re-entry permit, he would lose his PR status if he left the country.

Mr Ravi contends that the ICA did not comply with the proper procedure to notify him in writing that his application had been rejected. Without the notification, his application was not properly refused.

Mr Ravi is asking the court to compel the ICA to follow the proper procedure and also to reconsider its decision to revoke Mr Tey's PR status.


This article was first published on Nov 6, 2014.
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