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Indian-Origin Lawyer First To Be Admitted To Singapore Bar Posthumously

Vikram Tiwary was set for a listening to on June 9 however he died 9 days earlier than that


In a primary in Singapore, a 28-year-old Indian-origin lawyer has been admitted posthumously to the Singapore Bar after he died 9 days earlier than his software for admission was to be heard, in accordance with a media report Monday.

Vikram Kumar Tiwary died 9 days earlier than his software for admission to the Singapore Bar was to be heard on June 9 this 12 months, Channel News Asia reported.

Tiwary was granted admission to the Singapore Bar in a judgment by Justice Choo Han Teck on Monday, it mentioned.

Tiwary graduated from the University of Sheffield with a level in Bachelor of Laws in 2018 and later handed the Part A and Part B Bar examinations. He had filed an software for admission to the Bar on March 16, 2021.

He was set for a listening to on June 9, 2021. However, he died of cardio-respiratory failure 9 days earlier than the listening to.

Tiwary’s uncle, famous felony lawyer Ramesh Tiwary, pushed for him to be admitted to the Bar posthumously, the report mentioned.

As there have been no precedents for such an software, Justice Choo adjourned proceedings for Ramesh Tiwary to organize arguments and ensure there are not any authorized impediments for the applying to be granted.

Justice Choo present in his judgment on Monday that the vital questions had been “answered favourably”, and exercised the discretion of the court docket to grant the applying.

“The court can invoke its inherent jurisdiction to exercise certain powers to prevent injustice or abuse of the process of court,” mentioned Justice Choo, citing the state of affairs the place a plea of guilt is rejected.

“It is also invoked in cases such as this to ensure that justice is done. It is a jurisdiction borne sometimes of necessity, and sometimes in pursuit of noble causes,” he mentioned.

He added that there have been situations the place individuals had been admitted posthumously to the Bar, though not in Singapore.

For instance, Iris Barry Yake was admitted to Canada’s Edmonton Bar 40 years after her demise, he mentioned.

On high of a slew of distinguished legal professionals who supported the applying, the Attorney-General, the Law Society of Singapore and the Singapore Institute of Legal Education unanimously mentioned they’d no objections.

Ramesh Tiwary advised the Channel that his nephew labored “very hard” to achieve all the required {qualifications} and appeared to have discovered his calling within the regulation.

“While it is tragic that he didn’t witness this day, we are grateful to all the stakeholders and to the Supreme Court in granting him this wish,” he mentioned.

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