20th Jan, 2017

Former Leamington mayor donates libel winnings to Sikh Temple

Leamington Editorial 27th Nov, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

A FORMER Leamington mayor has donated £13,000 he received in libel damages to the town’s Sikh Temple.

Mota Singh sued a reporter for a Birmingham-based Punjabi TV channel after he falsely claimed the Leamington town councillor had been convicted of fraud.

The case was settled out of court for £14,000, and after Coun Singh had paid his solicitor’s fees, he donated the remaining £13,100 to the Gurdwara Sahib on Tachbrook Park Drive.

The television channel has issued an apology in print and on air.

Coun Singh said he was relieved the matter had been dealt with and thanked the temple’s management and the Sikh Action Group for their support with the case.

Temple chief executive Jaswant Singh Virdi said: “It is very good of Coun Singh to present this money to the temple as it is well known that he has always been committed to serving the local community.

“We are very grateful he has given this money to the temple and we guarantee it will be spent on good causes, which will be beneficial to the whole Warwick and Leamington community.”