Mayor Lutfur Rahman fails in bid to block High Court trial

By Rob Virtue on July 29, 2014 12:15 PM |

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Tower Hamlets Mayor Lutfur Rahman has failed in an attampt to stop an inquiry into the events surrounding his election in May.

A hearing at the High Court this week threw out the mayor's bid to block the action from four borough residents who claim the mayor's team used fraud in his victory by 3,000 votes.

Mr Rahman denies any wrongdoing and his lawyers are to appeal the High Court's decision.

However, the petitioners have now been given until August 18 to give further details of their allegations.

A date has yet to be set for the inquiry but a commissioner will be appointed to deal with the case.

The petitioners claim electoral fraud, incidents of people illegally pretending to be voters, ghost voting, making a false statement about another candidate, paying canvassers and intimidation.