June date likely for first Charity Tribunal case

Appellant secures legal representation after ultimatum

The Charity Tribunal's first case will be heard in the early summer after the appellant finally secured legal representation.

Nagendram Seevaratnam, the spiritual leader of the Sivayogam Hindu temple in London, had said he would represent himself if necessary after Alison McKenna, the tribunal's president, threatened to strike the case out if it was not heard by 23 April (Third Sector Online, 13 March).

Seevaratnam told Third Sector he had secured representation and the hearing was likely to take place in June.

He is appealing against his removal as a Sivayogam trustee by the Charity Commission. The case has been delayed since it was lodged last May because of Seevaratnam's problems finding affordable representation.

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