20 Feb 2014

Strip fraudster of JP title - minister

10:18 pm on 20 February 2014

Associate Justice Minister Chester Borrows is calling on the Governor-General to strip a convicted electoral fraudster of his title as a justice of the peace.

Mr Borrows says JPs hold a respected and trusted position and have to hold themselves to a high standard.

Daljit Singh, a leader of the Auckland Sikh community, was sentenced in the High Court at Auckland yesterday to five months' community detention after being found guilty of electoral fraud relating to the local government elections in Auckland in 2010.

Justice Woolford told Singh he'd acted in a reckless and naive manner.

Mr Borrows says Singh ignored the trusted place in the justice system reserved for JPs and tried instead to pervert the democratic process.