Mehajer ‘ manipulating’ court and council to build a mega mall
SALIM Mehajer has been accused of trying to manipulate the political and court processes to get a multimilliondollar mega mall approved.
This development has been a source of controversy since 2013 and is before the NSW Supreme Court.
But there it has stalled. Cumberland Council general manager Mal- colm Roberts claimed Mr Mehajer has been delaying proceedings until after the September 9 council elections.
“His (Mr Mehajer’s) barrister has told our lawyer they are trying to delay the matter so it goes before a newlyelected council,” Mr Roberts said.
“It seems like a strategy that he thinks he can influence the new council.” Council documents reveal Mr Mehajer’s lawyers have failed to meet deadlines eight times.
Mr Mehajer (left) was deputy mayor of the then-Auburn Council in March 2013 when the council entered into a contract to sell him a carpark in Lidcombe for $6.5 million. The sale of the publicly-owned land was not open to any other bidders.
Mr Mehajer’s company Sydney Constructions & Developments owns adjacent properties and wants to build a mega market and apartment block worth tens of millions.
But council administrator Viv May cancelled the contract in February 2016, less than six months after the state government sacked Auburn Council. Mr Mehajer’s company went to the NSW Supreme Court, demand- ing the council fulfil the contract. The carpark was part of the state government’s Public Inquiry into Auburn Council. Scrutiny into the council was triggered by Mr Mehajer’s lavish wedding in 2015. The public inquiry made no adverse findings against any Auburn councillors.
Mr Mehajer and his lawyers refused to comment when contacted by The Sunday Telegraph.