SINGAPORE - The Attorney-General has filed a complaint of misconduct with the Law Society against lawyer M. Ravi for releasing court documents to the media that involved four of his clients before they had even been served on the Attorney-General's office.
The Attorney-General also alleges that Mr Ravi made statements that prejudiced the cases in the minds of the public, thereby contravening rules of professional conduct.
Based on the provisions of the Legal Profession Act, the Law Society has now applied to the Chief Justice to appoint a disciplinary tribunal to hear the complaint.
Rajah & Tann Senior Counsel Andre Yeap has been appointed to act for the society in the case.
Mr Ravi, who released details of the Attorney-General's move to the media yesterday, said he would "vigorously defend his position both locally and internationally". He returns on Saturday from Malaysia, where he is campaigning on behalf of one of his clients.
The Attorney-General alleged that Mr Ravi acted in a manner unbefitting of a lawyer when he released the papers to the media prematurely.
Three of the cases sought judicial reviews of decisions and one was a constitutional challenge by a gay man seeking to outlaw discrimination on grounds of sexuality.
The court reviews sought were of a drug trafficker's eligibility for a certificate of cooperation with authorities, the deportation of a foreign worker involved in a riot in Little India and a mother's failed bid to reopen a coroner's case for the death of her son in prison.