I initially did not want to post anything about this on Facebook but it seems there are people who are determined to twist the facts and cast aspersions on my firm and my colleague, Jeannette Chong-Aruldoss about what happened today morning at my firm. I set out below my personal knowledge of the matter.
At about 10.45 am today, M Ravi and three male thugs appeared at the firm’s door wanting to come in. I informed my staff not to open the door. I spoke to Ravi to ask what he wanted. He said I was being filmed and on FBLive. One of the thugs was indeed holding a camera phone apparently filming me.
Ravi then claimed he is going to sue me and the firm and wanted to serve papers on us. Later, he talked some nonsense including alleging corruption of the firm, AGC, Courts, etc. I told him that he can email me with whatever he needs to convey to us. He demanded I come out and speak to him but I refused. After a short while, he gave up, scolded me in highly colourful language using both English and Tamil vulgarities and left. I then went back into my room.
Within less than a minute, my staff came running to say that Ravi had done something and Jeanette was on the floor in the corridor outside our unit. I immediately went out and saw that indeed, Jeannette was on the floor and all her things were strewn all over the corridor. I saw Ravi standing over her and shouting at her while the three thugs were standing by.
When I walked up to Ravi, he told the thugs to “get him”, referring to me. I spoke to one of them calmly and warned him not to touch me. I assumed he was not stupid enough to assault me in front of another law office, Miranda Law, our neighbours, whose staff were watching the commotion.
When Ravi saw that his thugs did not do anything to me, he got even more agitated and started screaming and shouting incoherently at me, making all sorts of allegations. At one point, he came nose to nose to my face and shouting, clearly expecting an angry reaction from me, so that his three thugs who were surrounding me could do something. I did not react. In between his rants, I told him he should let Jeanette go to the office. I don’t know whether he even heard me. Shortly thereafter, he grabbed what I think was Jeanette’s handbag from the floor and threw it at my face and hit me squarely on the nose. Again, I did not react.
Jeanette then tried to get up and get her things but Ravi tried to stop her and shouted at her, claiming that she was taking his things. I was genuinely afraid he was going to assault her in front me, so I tried to stand between her and Ravi and told him as calmly as I could, to leave.
Ravi continued ranting and raving for another minute or so and finally left. His three thugs were witness to all the happenings and one appeared to be filming everything.