Rugby Borough Council ‘reeling under the weight’ of £1m bill

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Rugby Borough Council is ‘reeling under the weight’ of a £1m bill sent to it by a landowner who believes he should be paid for responding to an enforcement notice served on him.

And Warwick Crown Court heard that Resahm Maan wants to know whether it complies with ‘the Bangalore Principles of Judicial Conduct.’

Maan, 64, of Brunton Close, Binley, Coventry, is facing a charge of breaching an enforcement notice served on him by Rugby Borough Council.

It is alleged that, being responsible for land at Broadwell Turn in Broadwell, he had failed to comply with a notice requiring him to remove a static caravan from the land.

But the charge was not put to Maan, who was assisted by a Punjabi interpreter, after he turned up at the court without legal representation.

Jonathan Salmon, prosecuting on behalf of the council, told the judge: “We are reeling under the weight of a £1m bill sent by him to the council!”

Mr Salmon said that Mann had elected trial by jury when the case was originally in the magistrates court.

“He has, we understand, written to the court indicating he wishes to have a non-lawyer represent him at trial; but the court has indicated he must either be represented by a lawyer or appear in person.

“He has questioned my right to be here, and there is correspondence from Mr Maan questioning a variety of matters, and he wishes the court to indicate whether it complies with the Bangalore Principles of Judicial Conduct.”

Mr Salmon added that Maan, ‘who requests all my details,’ is subject to an injunction for harassing council officials, which he is challenging.

Maan said through his interpreter that his appearance before the magistrates had been ‘under duress,’ and has claimed that any further appearances at the crown court will also be under duress.

Questioned by Recorder Graham Cliff, Maan claimed he had not received a copy of the prosecution papers.

Although he was told the papers had been served on Mann, Recorder Cliff asked for him to be given another set before leaving court, so there could be no argument that he had received them.

And adjourning the case for a month, he told Maan: “I think you should get a solicitor who will advise you about getting legal aid.

“You are going to be served with another copy of these papers; and you will take them to a solicitor who will advise you.

“If you refuse to have legal representation, no-one can force it on you; but the reaction will be that either you have a lawyer representing you in court or you will have to do it yourself.”