Lord Bhatia 'misappropriated charity funds' from Ethnic Minority Foundation

A peer has been accused by a charity of misappropriating more than £600,000 of its funds while he was in charge, the BBC's Newsnight programme has learnt.

Lord Bhatia, a crossbencher, is accused of funding his own lifestyle with Ethnic Minority Foundation (EMF) money.

The peer, 81, was suspended from the Lords in 2010 after wrongly claiming thousands of pounds in allowances.

His lawyers said Lord Bhatia believed the charity had misled the BBC, and EMF in fact owed him more than £250,000. They added that legal cases were ongoing.

Mark Daly reports.

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