Controversial Sydney businessman Salim Mehajer, whose debts include an $8.6 million tax bill, has suffered a setback in his bid to have his bankruptcy annulled.
Justice Michael Lee late on Thursday refused to grant the application for an interim order to “stay” the bankruptcy, ahead of a full hearing of his annulment bid in June.
The judge agreed it may be “an apposite description” to say Mehajer’s plans were “panglossian” meaning “extreme optimism in circumstances of unrelieved adversity”.
The 31-year-old’s lawyer David Hume earlier gave the judge a brief rundown on Mehajer’s numerous and “perhaps notorious” civil and criminal court proceedings, saying he had been a party in more than 10 cases.
He was responding to the judge’s…
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