Sunday, June 01, 2008

Gopalan Pallichadath Nair: a man without fear...and sound mind?

The daredevil blogger, Gopalan Nair really asked for it. He blogged twice passionately meted out his challenges on 29/05 with his post, "Singapore. Judge Belinda Ang's Kangaroo Court" and on the very next day, on 30/05 with his article, "Lee Kuan Yew: If bloggers who defame me identify themselves, I will sue them!" Without fear...and sound mind, huh?

Today it was reported that police had arrested the former Singaporean for insulting public servant.

My congratulations, Mr. Nair! You've got what you wished for. Now that you're arrested, what are you going to do?

We'll be looking forward for more of the court drama for sure.

On a side note, I can't help thinking that Mr. Nair's business, "Gopalan Nair Attorneys at Law" may not be so good if the boss himself is so free & desperate in getting some attention.

Update on 02/06: Charged under Section 13D (1) (a) of the Miscellaneous Offences (Public Order and Nuisance) Act for insulting a public servant carries a maximum fine of S$5,000 or one year in prison.

Update on 06/06/08: Gopalan Nair is out on bail with two conditions. First, his United States passport was to be surrendered to the police, and second, he has to report to the Central Police Division when necessary to assist in investigations.

Update on 12/06/08: He faced a second charge of insulting a public servant. An e-mail was reported to be sent in 2006 to High Court Justice Lai Siu Chiu which content accused her of being corrupt.

Update on 16/06/08: Gopalan Nair, who is currently out on bail, has vowed to dispute the charges.

Update on 05/07/08: He again made a news for being arrested on Friday (04/07) for disorderly behaviour in public and for using abusive words against police officer:

Plainclothes officers on their routine anti-crime operations in the area heard a loud knock on their marked Police vehicle when it stopped at the traffic light road junction of Race Course Road and Bukit Timah.

They saw a male Indian walking away.

The officers then approached the man and identified themselves, but he then turned abusive and refused to give his particulars, as he claimed he was a US citizen and said the Police had no right to check on him.

The officers repeatedly warned him to stop his verbal abuse, but he continued to be uncooperative, and even used a racist slur against one of the Malay officers.

Very soon the commotion attracted a crowd of over 25 onlookers, which police said 'created a risk of public disorder due to the inflammatory remarks used by the subject'.

After repeated warnings, the police officers had no choice but to arrest him for disorderly behaviour and for using abusive words towards public servants.

But he put up a fierce struggle, sustaining slight bruises and breaking both the police officer's and his own glasses during the arrest.

Congratz, Gopalan Nair. You have managed to crawl to the new low.

Update on 08/07/08: Magistrate Denise Wong set aside two weeks - Sept 8 to 19 - for the trial.

Update on 18/09/08: Gopalan Nair was sentenced to three months' jail.

1 comment:

mrdes said...

Definitely of unsound mind. Enough said.