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NK Rajarh

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N. K. Rajarh’s practice encompasses a wide spectrum covering both civil & criminal litigation, insurance law, and family law. Many of his high-profile commercial and criminal cases at the Singapore High Court and the Court of Appeal have since become entrenched as ground-breaking precedents in Singapore case law.

Professional Background

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Rajarh had over thirty years of experience as a litigator, primarily focusing on tort, as well as criminal litigation. He graduated from the University of Singapore in 1979 with an Honours Degree in Law, and has a Diploma in Business Law from the National University of Singapore. He was admitted to the Supreme Court of Singapore as an advocate and solicitor in 1980.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Chairman, School Advisory Committee of Greenwood Primary school - 2001 to 2015 and vice-chairman from 2015 to date
  • Committee member of Law Society Criminal Legal Aid Scheme 1986-1987 and a volunteer lawyer since 1986
  • Member of Admissions Committee of the Law Society of Singapore, 1996 -1997
  • Member of Drug Rehabilitation Review Committee since 2001
  • Member of Publications Consultative Panel constituted under the Infocomm Media Development Authority since 2009
  • Member of the Board of Visitors of Community Rehabilitation Centre
  • Member of the Inquiry Panel constituted under the Legal Profession Act since Sept 2013
  • Volunteer Referee- Small Claims Tribunal of the State Courts of Singapore since August 2015
  • Honorary Legal Advisor- Security Association of Singapore 2010 to 2017
  • Member of Library Consultation Panel constituted under the National Library Board
  • Trainer in Advocacy Module conducted by the Law Society of Singapore from 2003 to date
In his criminal practice he has represented accused persons and companies in various types of offences. He has been the lead counsel for approximately 55 capital cases.
He was the lead counsel for approximately 55 capital cases ( both briefed as well as under the LASCO scheme of the Supreme Court). The citations of some of the criminal cases handled by Mr. Rajarh are appended herein:
  • PP v Manit Changthong (1992) SGHC 237
  • PP v Mohamad Yassin Bin Japar(1994) SGHC 94
  • Samlee Prathumtree v PP (1996) 2 SLR (R ) 841
  • PP v Zainal Bin Zulkipli (1997)SGHC 307
  • PP v Mohamed Faizi Bin Abdul Rahim(1998) SGHC 335
  • PP v Affandi Bin Jedan (2006)SGDC 181
  • PP v Sim Teck Poh (1997)SGHC 309
  • PP v Soosay a/l Sinnappen(1993) SGHC 50
  • Khwan-On Nathapon v PP (2002) 1 SLR(R) 31
  • PP v Abdul Salam Bin Musthafa (2000) SGHC 184
  • Cheng Heng Lee v PP (1998) 3 SLR (R) 747
  • PP v Low Boon Tiong(1993)SGHC 267
  • PP v Lim Hock Hoe Michael (1993) SGHC 196
  • PP v Abdul Raman Bin Yusof (1996) SGHC 111
  • The State v LTA Foo Kwee Choo(1986) SGMCA 1
  • PP v Virat Kaewnern(1993)1 SLR( R) 358
  • International Testing Co Pte Ltd v PP(1998) 2 SLR(R) 1026
  • PP v Shanmuganathan s/o Thangaragu(1993) SGHC 292
  • Suradet Senarit v PP (1993) 2 SLR ( R) 754
  • Anyanwu v PP (1994) 1 SLR ( R ) 727
  • Hartej Sidhu v PP (1994) 2 SLR (R )541
  • Zulkifli Bin Awang Kechik v PP (1996)SGCA 26
  • Loganatha Venkatesan v PP (2000)2 SLR ( R ) 904
  • Sabinus Nkem Okebie aka Igbinije Obasa Napoleon v PP (1994) SGCA 110
  • PP v Iwuchukwu Amara TRochi v PP(2005)SGHC 233
  • PP v Sibeko Lindiwe Mary- Jane(2016) SGHC 199
  • PP v Thamayanthi(2001) SGHC 374
  • PP v Yeo Teck Chye(2013)SGDC 218
  • PP v Tan Sen How(2006)SGDC 237
  • PP v Pandiaraj s/o Mayandi (2006)SGDC 71
  • 31. PP V Siew Boon Loong( 2005) 1 SLR (R ) 611
In Insurance Law, Mr. Rajarh is well versed with all aspects of insurance legislation and regulations. He was the counsel in the case of International Testing Co Pte Ltd vs PP(1998) 3 SLR 575 where the court examined various issues in relation to the Insurance Act in Singapore and notably the distinction between an ‘agent’ and ‘broker’ vis a vis Singapore policies and offshore policies.
In matrimonial matters, Mr. Rajarh had represented a cross section of clients in uncontested and contested divorces, custody, maintenance and division of matrimonial assets and notably the often cited landmark case of Sengol vs Dewitt(1985-1986 SLR(R) 809 where he successfully argued and established the precedent in Singapore that there should be a nominal order for maintenance in a ‘short childless marriage’.