Lawyer M. Ravi charged with criminal defamation

SINGAPORE – Lawyer Ravi Madasamy, better known as M. Ravi, was charged in a district court on Wednesday (Dec 16) with criminal defamation.

In an earlier statement on Nov 7, the police said that investigations had been carried out in relation to a Facebook entry that the 51-year-old is accused of posting the day before.

He alleged in the post that Singaporean lawyer Eugene Thuraisingam had told him that Law and Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam had said he “wields influence over the Chief Justice” and “calls the shot and controlls (sic) Sundaresh Menon”.

Mr Menon is Singapore’s Chief Justice.

On Nov 6, Mr Thuraisingam wrote a letter to Mr Shanmugam, saying that “there is absolutely no truth whatsoever” to Ravi’s allegations.

Mr Thuraisingam also posted a copy of the letter online on his Facebook page, referring to Ravi’s Facebook post as “false and completely untrue”.

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

Mr Thuraisingam clarified with Mr Shanmugam on June 13, 2017 that Ravi’s allegations were false.

No police action was taken then.

A pre-trial conference on the latest case is slated for Jan 6.

Offenders convicted of criminal defamation can be jailed for up to two years and fined.

The allegations against lawyer Eugene Thuraisingam (left) was first made three years ago by lawyer M. Ravi in 2017 in a Facebook post. PHOTO: ST FILE

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