The South London Press (p2) reports that Paul Lally, facing allegations of exceeding his delegated powers and unauthorised spending, was paid more than£50,000 since being suspended in 1995 and is believed to have accepted at least£70,000 redundancy. Labour councillors estimate the cost of the enquiry at£1m.
The case was dropped on the recommendations of officers, the paper reports. Tory councillor Bernard Gentry, who was on the investigation panel, told the SLP: 'Very serious issues were being looked at which could have implicated other people within the present council. I think people might be afraid at what might have come out.'