Police investigating lawyer M. Ravi for legal defamation, Singapore Information & High Tales

Police investigating lawyer M. Ravi for criminal defamation, Singapore News & Top Stories

Police said they were investigating lawyer M. Ravi for criminal defamation.

In a statement yesterday evening, police said the investigation was based on a Facebook post by Mr Ravi on Friday.

Mr Ravi alleged at the post that Singaporean attorney Eugene Thuraisingam had told him that Minister of Justice and Home Affairs K. Shanmugam had said he had “influence over the Chief Justice” and “called the shot and controlled Sundaresh Menon.”

Mr. Menon is Singapore’s Chief Justice.

On Friday, Mr. Thuraisingam wrote a letter to Mr. Shanmugam saying that “there is absolutely no truth” about Mr. Ravi’s claims. Mr. Thuraisingam also posted a copy of the letter on his Facebook page, describing Mr. Ravi’s Facebook post as “wrong and completely wrong”.

Police added that Mr Ravi made similar allegations in a Facebook post published on June 12, 2017, according to Mr Thuraisingam.

Mr. Thuraisingam clarified with Mr. Shanmugam on June 13, 2017 that Mr. Ravi’s allegations were false. No police action was taken at the time.

Individuals found guilty of criminal defamation may face a fine of up to two years or a fine of both.

Earlier this year, Mr. Ravi was implicated in another case of unsupported attacks against prosecutors and a senior district judge.

In September a disciplinary court ruled that he should be fined at least $ 10,000 for these attacks, which were included in a media statement published by Mr. Ravi and posted online last July.

Mr. Ravi was also ordered to pay the Law Society prosecuting the case of $ 3,000.