Lawyer fails to get out of IMH
By Selina Lum
Sep 06 2008
A LAWYER sent to the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) for three weeks of psychiatric observation failed in a High Court bid on Friday to have himself released.
Shackled and handcuffed, M. Ravi spent more than an hour arguing his case from the dock, during which he revealed that an IMH psychiatrist diagnosed him as bipolar.
Ravi, 39, who often referred to himself in the third person, claimed his continued detention at IMH was unlawful.
'The petitioner M. Ravi is a passionate lawyer with a highly stressful practice,' he said. 'His detention is unprecedented.'
His arguments were rejected by Justice Tay Yong Kwang, who saw no reason to overturn the earlier orders of two district judges.
Ravi faces two criminal charges of disturbing a religious prayer session and harassment stemming from an incident at a Chinatown mosque last month.
He was sent to the IMH for observation on Aug 18. He was admitted under a provision that allows an accused person suspected to be of unsound mind to be detained for observation at a mental hospital for up to a month.