M. Ravi admits to assaulting fellow lawyer Jeannette Chong-Aruldoss
Lawyer and human rights activist, Ravi Madasamy, better known as M. Ravi, admitted in court yesterday that he had assaulted fellow lawyer and opposition politician Jeannette Chong-Aruldoss.
The 54-year-old fell to the ground when Ravi shoved her in the seventh-storey corridor of The Adelphi around 11am on Aug 8. The attack left her with a bruised right hip.
Ravi pleaded guilty to a separate charge yesterday of causing hurt to a second lawyer, Mr Nakoorsha Abdul Kadir, 42, by performing a rash act at the same spot minutes later.
Ravi, who has been barred from practising for two years since October last year, also admitted to breaking into one of the offices of the Eugene Thuraisingam's law firm on the fifth storey of People's Park Centre on June 27.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Sarah Ong said the law firm employed Ravi late last year and he worked in its People's Park Centre office.
But his employment was terminated and he was informed through a hand-delivered letter that he had to vacate the premises by June 16. Court papers did not reveal the reason for his termination.
According to court documents, Ravi broke into the office with his friend Lai Yew Thiam, 56, whose case is still pending. They broke into the office twice, on June 17 and June 22, and police were notified on both occasions.
The law firm also changed the locks and hired a contractor to secure its shutter with screws. Undeterred, the duo went to the office again on June 27, armed with a screwdriver. Lai used it to remove the screws and they entered the premises.
On Aug 8, Ravi went to the law firm's office at The Adelphi and demanded that he be allowed to enter. He was accompanied by three other men from the Lawyers Alliance for Human Rights Asia, an organisation which he founded.
They were not allowed to enter and, as they walked away, confronted Mrs Chong-Aruldoss who works at the firm.
DPP Ong said: "Ravi stopped Jeannette abruptly and began questioning her aggressively... When Jeannette tried to walk away, Ravi forcefully pushed her, charged towards her and pushed her again...
"While Jeannette was on the ground, Ravi kicked and flung Jeannette's belongings, which were scattered on the ground, and also threw a shoe in Jeannette's direction while mocking her for being 'drama'."