BRAMPTON: A Punjabi councillor from city of Brampton, Canada has been suspended following allegations of sexual assault by a woman.
Brampton Council on Wednesday suspended City and Peel Region Councillor Gurpreet Dhillon for three months without pay.
In addition, the City’s Council also voted to remove Dhillon from city committees, ban him from travel outside the province on city business, and required him to apologize to the complainant.
The allegation, investigated by integrity commissioner (IC) Muneeza Sheikh, was made by a Brampton businesswoman who attended a 2019 trade mission with Dhillon.
The mission was organized by the Canada-Turkey Business Council. The woman claims the assault occurred in her hotel room in Ankara on Nov. 14.
On the other hand, Dhillon has denied all allegations against him and has filed a judicial review of the IC’s report that was released July 31 and presented to council at its regular meeting on Aug. 5. Dhillon has not been criminally charged.
“As noted many times in today’s council meeting, this investigation began without a formal complaint and has been tainted from the start. The numerous inconsistencies in the complainant’s story have never been reconciled. Nor was I afforded due process,” Dhillon added.