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Melvin Singh and Darishini Thiyagarajan
Saturday, Jun 14, 2014

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Professor in sex-for-grades case is seeking his old job

The New Paper | Melvin Singh and Darishini Thiyagarajan | Saturday, Jun 14, 2014

Tey Tsun Hang, a lecturer in the law faculty at National University of Singapore (NUS), was charged in court on 27 July 2012 with six counts of inappropriately obtaining gifts and sex from Miss Darinne Ko Wen Hui, his former student, in 2010, in exchange for favouring her in his assessment of her academic performance.

SINGAPORE - He was a district judge, a public prosecutor and a lawyer in private practice.

But Mr Tey Tsun Hang wants back his old law professor job at the National University of Singapore (NUS).

He was fired on May 28 last year - the same day he was convicted of corruptly receiving gifts in exchange for better grades.

On Oct 5, he was granted early release from his five-month jail term for good behaviour. The conviction was declared wrong by the Supreme Court on Feb 28 this year after Mr Tey appealed.

Mr Tey, 42, represented by lawyer M. Ravi, wants the court to quash the NUS decision, claiming that his right to a fair hearing was breached and this was against natural justice.

A pre-trial conference in the High Court is due later this month.

NUS said in a statement yesterday that it was leaving the matter to its legal team now that the application is to be heard in the High Court.

WHAT IS A JUDICIAL REVIEW?

A judicial review is basically an application asking the court to look into an administrative decision, said Mr Sashi Nathan, a partner at Khattar Wong.

He said: "In this case, now that Mr Tey has been acquitted, the issue is if it was all right to dismiss him before any final judgments."

He added: "This is his attempt at trying to get his job back."

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