Down Memory Lane

John Wilkinson has reminded us of the time when Jahangir Akhtar got his nickname.

From the Guardian:

Councillor joined drunken brawl

A Labour councillor caught up in a drunken fight in a restaurant was yesterday given 130 hours’ community service.

“Jahangir Akhtar, 41, was spared a prison term because of his record of helping community relations in Rotherham, where the row broke out between diners last September.

Hull crown court was told that Akhtar, a member of the controlling Labour group on Rotherham council, played a leading role in kicking and punching a customer. Judge Simon Lawler described the attack as “a serious incident which led to a number of people being injured and needing hospital treatment”.

After the hearing, Akhtar said he would continue as a councillor. “I will serve my community no matter what happens. Whether that is in the Labour party largely depends on the reaction today.”

The court heard that Akhtar, a taxi driver in Rotherham, went to the Minar Balti restaurant in response to a mobile phone call from his brother Tesadiq Hussein, 31, who was drunk and abusive and falsely claimed that he had been attacked by staff.

Akhtar, his son Azzizum, 20, and his brother Shabbir, a 36-year-old martial arts instructor, arrived at about 11.30pm. Fighting broke out.

“Shabbir Akhtar struck a blow to a customer eating his meal and then Jahangir Akhtar joined in the assault on him,” said Rodney Jameson, prosecuting. “The man was kicked and punched and fell to the floor and was punched again. He got a black eye.”

Judge Lawler told Akhtar that he had been given glowing references including an accolade from a former police commander in Rotherham.

Hussein was jailed for 14 months for his part in the affray; Azzizum Akhtar was given 80 hours of community service and Shabbir Akhtar 130 hours”

One is forced to question why this bully and thug was ever allowed back in the Labour Party? This man and his sons are an utter disgrace and have no place in public life!

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11 thoughts on “Down Memory Lane

  1. Yes, a gem indeed !
    Anonymous, there’s nothing unhealthy about reporting the truth and as rothpol says, Akhtar is the Deputy Leader of RMBC as well as holding many other positions. He needs to be held to account for his actions, present and past.

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  2. His predecessor on the Council Nazir Ahmed was never held to account for failing to answer a single question the Local Government Ombudsman put to him, regarding allegations of irregularities in the bidding process for a Council owned shop that was up for sale, which he and his brother were involved with. Because the LGO has no coercive powers he was able to keep stum on all the many questions that were put to him and the investigation fizzled out. This highly suspect individual’s reward for this was to be elevated to the House of Lords and Akhtar’s was to be made deputy leader of the Council and vice-chairman of the Police and Crime Panel. It’s a funny old world!

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