25 Jul '11, 4am

Lawyer gets life-time ban for 'scandalising the courts'

Lawyer gets life-time ban for 'scandalising the courts'

Former Singapore lawyer Gopalan Nair, who is now an American citizen. July 11, 2008. -- ST PHOTO: LAU FOOK KONG The Court of Three Judges on Monday barred former Singaporean Gopalan Nair from ever practising law in Singapore. Justices Tan Lee Meng, Tay Yong Kwang and Lee Seiu Kin struck him off the roll following an application by the Law Society that Mr Nair, 60, face disciplinary action for scandalising the courts and conduct not befitting a lawyer. The society reached this conclusion last year after a disciplinary tribunal appointed by the Chief Justice convicted him on five counts. Mr Nair, now an American citizen who lives in California, was not present even though he had been invited to defend himself. He was sentenced to three months' jail in 2008 for contempt of court in remarks on his blog post while on a visit here. But upon his return to the United States, he an...

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