A prominent GP accused of attacking his son has had charges dropped against him and will be able to return to work.
Dr Syed Alijah was suspended on full pay after police arrested him and alleged accomplice Mohammed Malik and accused them of beating the doctor’s 35-year-old son Syed Rizvi after forcing their way into the family home in Huddesford Drive, Balsall Common.
The 68-year-old GP’s daughter-in-law Azmat Rizvi was also allegedly attacked by Malik in the assault on April 4.
But the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has now withdrawn the case against both defendants due to insufficient evidence after Dr Alijah’s son retracted his statement to police.
Kevin Coleman, District Crown Prosecutor for Solihull Crown Prosecution Service, said: “When considering whether a case should be prosecuted, the CPS applies the Code for Crown Prosecutors in two parts.
“The first is the evidential test where we have to be satisfied that there is enough admissible evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction. Then we have to consider the second part, the public interest test.
“The case against Mr Mohammed Malik and Dr Syed Alijah originally passed both of these two tests.
“As part of the duty to keep cases under review, I carried out a further review upon receipt of further evidence relating to the case. In the light of this further evidence, I made a decision to discontinue the prosecution on the basis that there was now insufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction due to a number of inconsistencies and conflicts in the evidence and a retraction by the complainant of the allegation against Dr Alijah.”
Dr Alijah, who used to live in Huddesford Drive, Balsall Common, but has been staying at his Foleshill Medical Centre premises in Station Street West, Coventry, has always denied a charge of common assault.
Co-defendant Malik, aged 31, of Oliver Street, Coventry, also pleaded not guilty to two charges of common assault by beating against Syed and Azmat Rizvi and a further charge of using violence to secure entry into the premises.
While awaiting trial, the two men were banned from entering Balsall Common as part of their bail conditions.
Mr Rizvi is a joint director with his father in Foleshill Medical Centre and Alijah Rentals.
Alijah qualified in 1967 from Lucknow University, in India.