Council leader accused of tampering with FOI

Barry Gibson, Huddersfield Daily Examiner |

A JUDGE will hear a case against Kirklees Council’s leader on Monday.

Clr Mehboob Khan is accused of tampering with Freedom of Information (FOI) Act responses before they were released to the public.

The council, like all public organisations, is bound by law to give certain information to the public on request.

Clr Khan is alleged to have told officers to alter their replies to questions about topics including council tax collection rates and hiring celebrities.

The issue came to light 18 months ago following an investigation by the Examiner.

Kirklees said yesterday that an investigation into the allegation would take place in Leeds.

A council spokesman said yesterday: “The First Tier Tribunal investigating the handling of nine Freedom of Information requests at Kirklees Council will be held on Monday.

“A principal judge will consider written evidence at the Employment Tribunal offices in Leeds, with the outcome of the hearing expected to be announced within the next two weeks.

“The matter will be held in private with neither party being called to give evidence as neither side disputes the investigation report.