SINGAPORE – The 13 former and current SBS Transit bus drivers who sued their employer fired their lawyer Mr. Ravi on Monday, November 22, following what they described as his embarrassing behavior in court.
In documents seen by Yahoo News Singapore, Chua Qwong Meng, who represents the 13 drivers, called for Ravi’s release and an adjournment of the proceedings in order to find a new lawyer. He also said the group would not ask Judge Audrey Lim to recuse herself.
In a press release on Tuesday, Chua said workers were “very embarrassed” by Ravi’s behavior towards Judge Audrey Lim and opposing lawyer Davinder Singh.
“What he posted yesterday was a total shock to us, who had trusted him. He disappointed us very badly and hurt our case immensely,” said Chua, who added that there was no “absolutely no excuse or justification” for Ravi to call Singh a “clown”.
Workers filed a complaint in 2019 and last year against SBS for alleged violations of the employment law, claiming they were underpaid for overtime and did not have enough days off .
At the start of a four-day civil trial on Monday, Ravi accused Judge Lim of bias and asked her to withdraw from the case, according to a Straits Times report.
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Ravi also called Singh a “clown” and told the court that Chua no longer wanted to participate in “illegal proceedings”. He alleged that Chua did not trust the other lawyers in Singapore.
At one point in the proceedings, when the judge asked Ravi not to interrupt, Ravi told Judge Lim, âYou are not above me.
On Tuesday, Chua pointed out that there was “no truth” to Ravi’s claim that the drivers had no faith in the justice system, or that they had no intention of prosecuting him. ‘case. The group intends to continue the litigation and has informed the court.
He added that Ravi has already received legal fees of over $ 55,000, which were collected “through the generosity of the public by donating to our cause.”
In 2006, Ravi was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, a condition characterized by extreme mood swings. He was suspended from practicing law by the High Court in 2015 due to his condition, but his practicing certificate was reinstated four years later.
In January 2018, he received a mandatory treatment order (MTO) for 18 months after injuring two lawyers and entering the premises of the law firm Eugene Thuraisingam LLP.
The 52-year-old told Today in 2019 he sought help and treatment and now has a better idea of ââhis condition.
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