The arrest came after he refused to attend a police interview to assist in police investigations into the report made against him.
According to the police statement, the police report was lodged by the counsel of a former client of Lim Tean.
Police said in the statement that Lim is also being investigated for an alleged offence of unlawful stalking.
The police report was lodged by a former employee of Lim. The employee alleges that she was harassed by him when she was working at his law firm. The employee referred Police to text messages that had been exchanged between her and Lim Tean.
To assist with investigations into the two alleged offences, Lim Tean was issued a notice by Police to attend a compulsory interview on 28 September 2020.
He was told he could reschedule the interview to another date if he wanted to. However, he refused to turn up for any Police interview, alleging that the investigations were baseless, the charges were trumped-up charges that are politically motivated.
In reply to Police, counsel for Lim Tean, M Ravi wrote, “Our client is a prominent political figure and a senior member of the legal bar. He takes grave offence at your office’s decision to investigate wholly frivolous and vexatious allegations.”
Police said the arrest was necessary in order to conduct the investigations and have rejected his allegation that the investigations were politically motivated.
One of the applications was filed by DBS Bank in October last year over a debt of $549,378.