Brent councillor tells resident to ‘go to hell’ in email exchange

Cllr Dhiraj Kataria

Cllr Dhiraj Kataria - Credit: Archant

A Labour councillor has been forced to apologise after he told a resident to ‘go to hell’ in an email.

A Labour councillor who told a resident to “go to hell” in an exchange of emails over a beds in sheds planning issue has said he is sorry.

Cllr Dhiraj Kataria, who represents Welsh Harp ward, was responding to an email from a Rendall Mallakee when he made the verbal attack.

“I apologise for that,” said Cllr Kataria when contacted by The Times.

“He accused me of being ignorant of planning law and I think he misled me as he is not registered as a voter.”

Cllr Kataria’s offending email, written to Mr Mallakee on Saturday, stated: “I am not prepared to answer any question from you. You can go to hell!!!”

Mr Mallakee had asked Cllr Kataria if statutory declarations and assured shorthold tenancy agreements are no longer considered legal documents by Brent Council.

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Cllr Roxanne Mashari who also represents Welsh Harp ward, has reported Cllr Kataria to the leader of Brent Council, Cllr Muhammed Butt and Labour’s chief whip, Cllr Shafique Choudhary.

A spokesman for Brent’s Labour Group said: “The Chief Whip met with Cllr Kataria to discuss this incident yesterday morning.

“Cllr Kataria recognises that the language he used in this case was highly inappropriate and apologised to the individual in question following the conclusion of this meeting.

“He will not stand as a Labour candidate at next year’s elections.”

Last year, Cllr Kataria was investigated by the council’s Standards Committee after he alleged Cllr Ann John, who was the leader of Brent Council, told him how to vote over the application for the Hindu Sai Baba Temple in Wembley in 2010.

The allegations began when Cllr Kataria sent an email to a number of councillors including Cllr Paul Lorber, leader of the Liberal Democrat group.

The investigation found Cllr Kataria’s evidence to be inconsistent and without credence.

Cllr John was exonerated of any misconduct.