Restaurant bills case against Indian-origin ex-MP dropped

November 4th, 2008 - 8:48 pm ICT by IANS  

Leicester, Nov 4 (IANS) A British restaurant owner has dropped legal charges of pending bills against an Indian-origin councillor and former MP from Leicester, Paramjit Singh Gill.It is a coincidence that the owner of Vindaloo restaurant in Evington locality, Farid Miah, lost to Gill in the last local body elections from the Stoneygate ward.

Miah had filed a case in the Leicester County Court claiming Gill had not paid him 1,115 pounds in outstanding restaurant bills when he was contesting the general elections in 2005.

But on Monday Miah withdrew the claim without any explanation.

Gill, who represents the Liberal Democrats in the council, told the Leicester Mercury newspaper he was unhappy about not clearing his name. He wanted the case to continue, but because he was the accused, it was up to Miah to continue with the case, which he would not.

Gill became a member of Parliament from Leicester South in a by-election caused by the death of Labour’s sitting member Jim Marshall in 2004. However, Labour reclaimed the seat in the general election in 2005.

In the run-up to the 2005 elections Gill is said to have visited Vindaloo frequently and even set up an account, saying he would clear the bills after the elections, according to Miah. Gill never repaid, Miah said in his case.

However, two Liberal Democrat leaders, party president Simon Hughes and deputy leader Vince Cable, who dined at Vindaloo as guests of Gill, wrote statements in his support which would have been heard had the case gone ahead.

In 2007, Gill ran for the councillor’s post from Stoneygate ward and Miah, a Conservative candidate, was one of his opponents. Gill won.

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