Police to take no further action against Leicester councillor over threatening behaviour claim

Councillors Sanjay Modhwadia (left) and Deepak Bajaj (right) when they were both Conservative councillors
-Credit: (Image: City of Leicester Conservatives)


Leicestershire Police have said they will be taking no further action against a city councillor over claims he had acted in a threatening manner. The force said "no evidence [had] been provided" that the accused, Sanjay Modhwadia, Conservative councillor for North Evington and the local party’s mayoral candidate in last year’s elections, had committed a criminal offence.

Coun Modhwadia's fellow councillor Deepak Bajaj, who was also a member of the Conservative Party at the time but has since returned to the Labour fold, alleged Coun Modhwadia had tried to intimidate him into supporting his bid to take over as leader of the party on Leicester City Council, a position held by Coun Bajaj at the time. It was alleged that threats were made by Coun Modhwadia in the city’s Dover Street car park after a meal with party members on Monday, March 18.

Coun Bajaj claimed Coun Modhwadia “resorted to to aggressive gestures, including pointing fingers and physically pushing [him] on the left shoulder, while issuing intimidating threats”. Coun Bajaj also claimed his colleague had threatended violence against him. Coun Modhwadia denied the allegations from the start.

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A report was made to Leicestershire Police, which began an investigation. Now, the force has said it will not be taking any further action against Coun Modhwadia due to a lack of evidence.

A spokesman for Leicestershire Police said: “Following the report being made, a 59-year-old man was voluntarily interviewed in connection with the incident. However no evidence has been provided that determined a criminal offence had taken place. The person who made the report has been informed of this outcome. The investigation will lie on file, pending any new evidence being provided to police.”

Coun Modhwadia told LeicestershireLive he was “grateful for the public’s trust, [his] party’s support and the blessings of [his] elders” all of which “helped to clear [his] name from this defamation and slander”. You can find his full statement below.

LeicestershireLive also approached Coun Bajaj for a comment. He said he was "deeply disappointed and frustrated" with the police's decision.

Councillor Modhwadia’s statement

"Dear People of Leicester,

"I want to narrate a story of me, as I would like to state my clear mind and my vision to the people who showered their love and respect. Being in politics gives me great pride to be part of the community and a great Party. Having lived in Leicester city for over 30 years, I have experienced its many highs and lows.

"Throughout these years, I have been fortunate enough to achieve personal success and build strong, meaningful relationships with businesses and communities. Leicester, with its vibrant mix of cultures and a strong sense of community, has encouraged me to serve the community with an open heart.

"Leicester’s diversity is one of its greatest strengths, fostering a sense of unity and family among its residents. However, like any community and city, Leicester has faced challenges, unemployment, stress, anxiety, housing issues, health, social security, and various safety issues.

"This led me to run for the position as a councillor in the North Evington ward as a candidate for the Conservative Party in October 2022. With the support and trust of the voters, I was honoured with lots of love and votes to win the by-election.

"This victory deepened my commitment to my responsibilities. Consequently, in the 2023 council elections, I won the councillor election again and I also encouraged and supported many great persons from our party to stand for the council election.

"We communicated the importance, loyalty, and commitment of the Conservative Party to every part of our society. This resulted in our party winning 17 council seats."

He added: "I am pleased to inform you that the local police thoroughly investigated these false incidents and allegations and found no evidence to support them. During this time, I had so many supporting calls which gave me confidence that people are still with me and all they want is justice.

"I am grateful for the public’s trust, my party’s support, and the blessings of my elders, all of which helped to clear my name from this defamation and slander. My commitment to this community remains unwavering, and I am dedicated to continuing my work for the betterment of Leicester.

"I extend my heartfelt thanks to every voter and supporter who stood by me. Rest assured, I will always strive to work harder and more truthfully for our community."