Former Tower Hamlets mayor Lutfur Rahman is to appear before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal, the Solicitors Regulation Authority has confirmed.
In a notice published yesterday, the regulator said the tribunal has certified there is a case to answer several allegations.
Rahman (pictured) was found guilty last year by the electoral court of offences in connection with the 2014 mayoral election in Tower Hamlets, east London.
The election was declared void in a judgment by election commissioner Richard Mawrey QC, in the Queen’s Bench Division.
A copy of the judgment was sent to the SRA to consider any possible action against Rahman, who was admitted as a solicitor in 1997.
The SRA alleges that Rahman was found personally guilty of an illegal and corrupt practice, in which he failed to uphold the rule of law and proper administration of justice, failed to act with integrity and failed to behave in a way that maintains the trust the public places in him.
The regulator also alleges that Rahman’s evidence to the election court attracted adverse criticism from the court.
The SRA states that the allegations are subject to a hearing before the SDT and are as yet unproven. No date has yet been set for the hearing.
Rahman was the first directly elected mayor of Tower Hamlets in 2010, after standing as an independent candidate. He left office last year.