Judge Slams Salim Mehajer In Bankruptcy Case
A federal court judge has rebuked disgraced Sydney businessman Salim Mehajer for seeking to have his bankruptcy annulment case adjourned "at the eleventh hour".
The 32-year-old, whose debts include an $8.6 million tax bill, applied to have the two-day hearing delayed before his local court electoral fraud sentencing due on Friday.
"This isn't a suburban golf club where fixtures are changed at the whim of participants," Justice Michael Lee said in the Federal Court on Thursday.
The court heard Mehajer's newly employed lawyer had also been served with a 400-page affidavit the previous day.
"Why is it that at the eleventh hour, at one minute to midnight, he is determined to change his legal representatives?" Justice Lee asked.
"There's not a jot or a tittle of evidence in the affidavit as to why steps weren't taken to fit the timetable."
The former Auburn deputy mayor was declared bankrupt by a Federal Circuit Court judge in March while in jail.
He was subsequently granted bail in early April over claims he staged a car crash last year and defrauded an insurance company.
He then announced on social media platform Instagram he'd lodged an application to "set aside this joke" claiming "only God can bankrupt me".
Justice Lee in April refused to grant Mehajer's application for an interim order to "stay" the bankruptcy, after which he hoped to apply for a new builder's licence, continue the construction of five multi-million dollar projects and obtain offshore finance requiring his personal guarantees.
At the time Justice Lee agreed it may be "an apposite description" to say Mehajer's plans were "panglossian" meaning "extreme optimism in circumstances of unrelieved adversity".
Mehajer's previous lawyer, David Hume, earlier gave the judge a brief rundown on the embattled businessman's numerous and "perhaps notorious" civil and criminal court proceedings, saying he'd been a party in more than 10 cases. Justice Lee is due to rule on the adjournment application later on Thursday.