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Apr 03 2014

Comment Round-up: @husain_akhtar Standards Hearing

iharrow_logo_150x150Following yesterday’s Standards Hearing – the one where he didn’t bother to turn up and explain himself –  where Cllr Hussain Akhtar was found to have breached the Councillors’ Code of Conduct on multiple counts, we sought comment from those affected by his behaviour:

Cllr. Susan Hall, Leader of the Council, said: “Cllr. Akhtar tried to hide behind the Harrow Council for Justice when sending his poisonous personal attacks, but clearly the Panel saw straight through his deception. His words certainly had the capacity to wound though, with one woman councillor feeling so harassed she felt she had no choice but to involve the police.”

She continued: “It would seem from his disproportionate attacks on us that Cllr. Akhtar has a problem with women – indeed I have personally been on the receiving end of his toxic barbs – or with anyone he sees as thwarting his political ambitions. Cllr. Akhtar is standing for re-election in May, so clearly considers himself suitable to continue holding public office. On the strength of the evidence that emerged at today’s hearing regarding his lack of honesty, integrity and professionalism, and the overwhelming conclusion of the Panel, Harrow’s residents may take a different view.”

Cllr Victoria Silver, who’d been attacked by the disgraced councillor over a Tweet she’d made, said “Susan has said it all, especially about the hounding of women he disagrees with. I don’t think I have anything further to add.”

Cllr Zahina Khalid, who was thrown into the limelight by Akhtar’s “secretive” organisation distributing pictures of her in on a modelling assignment, hasn’t yet provided a comment.

Twitter, of course, attracted some comments – a few are here:

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You’d think he might have got the message by then, but no. In a Tweet late night, he asked:

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Draw your own conclusions as to the intent of that Tweet. Calculated to annoy, offend and upset his previous victims once again?

We asked the disgraced councillor for a comment; he has declined to provide anything. However, we did ask the Council’s Legal Director for a comment on Akhtar’s most recent missive about Leader Susan Hall’s visit to the local kebab showing which had a poster of Saddam Hussein in the window – the one where he asks if “such an action by the leader of the council is in order” and goes onto to say that “this is a serious matter with implications for the reputation of the council.”

Hugh Peart replied to Akhtar with the following:

“Thank you for your  e-mail.  I’m not aware of the detail of what happened, but from what you describe the Leader of the Council asked a restaurateur to remove a picture on public display.  From what you describe she was not seeking to exercise any statutory or formal Council powers, so I cannot see any need for authority from the Council/its Constitution etc.”

Seems very much like the disgraced councillor is running out of friends.

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