Criminal lawyer Subhas Anandan trends on Twitter as tributes, eulogies pour in
His passing came as a surprise to everyone.
Singapore’s most recognisable criminal lawyer Subhas Anandan passed away on Jan. 7, 2015, morning at age 67 at Singapore General Hospital.
Having been diagnosed with heart and kidney failure last year, he was reportedly suffering from poor health.
Subhas has handled over 1,500 criminal cases in Singapore, ranging from murder and kidnapping to drug trafficking and white collar crimes.
Some of his famous cases include representing local celebrity Quan Yifeng, the woman in the sex-for-grades scandal Darinne Ko as well as men involved with an underage callgirl in an online vice ring.
Many of his cases were published in a autobiography in 2008, which provided an insight to Subhas’s personality off the court.
Subhas was recently seen in public last Oct., at the launch of the Yellow Ribbon Fund Subhas Anandan Star Bursary Award.
The fund, spearheaded by the Association of Muslim Lawyers and will be administered by the Yellow Ribbon Fund, helps in the rehabilitation and reintegration of ex-offenders.
He is survived by his wife Vimala and his son Sujesh.
News of his passing has filled social media with tributes:
RIP Mr Subhas Anandan. A true saint in a profession dominated by devils. One of the few ‘men for the people’ that there were left.
— Rajiv Hariharan (@rajivoasis) January 7, 2015
Dearest Subhas, My personal eulogy 1 A fiercer person has not been seen, A better fighter there has not been. I ta…https://t.co/8Pyr6pRMaL
— Yang Yen Thaw (@yenthaw) January 7, 2015
Haiku for Subhas Anandan ——————————- Human to defend the innocent; to defend the guilty, godly.
— Gwee Li Sui (@gweezilla) January 7, 2015
Mr Subhas Anandan had a “generous heart” and was “a titan in criminal law”, says Law Minister K Shanmugam http://t.co/eUY5eKUGR6
— TODAY (@TODAYonline) January 7, 2015
Shocked to hear about Subhas Anandan. was so kind with his time when I kept calling for help on Match Fixer. Really liked him. RIP Subhas
— Neil Humphreys (@NeilHumphreys) January 7, 2015
Subhas anandan was my first idol…and he always will be
— Santos (@neonx_12) January 7, 2015
RIP Subhas Anandhan. He fought the fight; did the job nobody wanted. A true Singaporean icon. We will remember you, sir.
— n (@timecity) January 7, 2015
RIP one of the most amazing criminal lawyer, subhas anandan.
— 卍 (@manjusreellysha) January 7, 2015
RIP Subhas Anandan! One of the best, lawyers that has ever graced Singapore after David Marshall. My condolences to the family.
— Jeremy Jayy (@RockaBoyJayy) January 7, 2015
Here are videos of Subhas Anandan speaking his mind:
Subhas speaking at the National University of Singapore on Sept. 28, 2011
Subhas defending TV host Quan Yifeng:
Top photo: Zeitgeist Photos by Weixiang Lim