Met PC submits damages claim against former chief whip and requests injunctions against repetition of claim he made up Plebgate incident.
The constable at the centre of the Plebgate scandal has demanded up to Â£200,000 in damages from former chief whip Andrew Mitchell for claiming the officer lied about the incident.
In court papers submitted to the Queenâ€™s Bench Division of the High Court PC Toby Rowland states that the former Tory cabinet minister did use the term â€œf****** plebsâ€ during a confrontation at the gates of Downing Street in 2012.
In his submission PC Rowland states that following the incident, Mr Mitchell called him to apologise and that â€œthe clear implication of the apology was that he admitted using the said words (and knew he should not have done).â€ This is the first time it has been suggested that Mr Mitchell admitted to using the word.
PC Rowlands is claiming up to Â£200,000 in aggravated damages for slander. In addition he has also requested an injunction to restrain Mr Mitchell and â€œthose acting on his behalfâ€ to repeat claims that he fabricated his version of events.
The court papers form part of the libel case between Mr Mitchell, PC Rowland and The Sun newspaper.
As previously reported, an Independent Police Complaints Commission report revealed that PC Rowland accepted an apology from the MP and initially took no further action.
Then commissioner Deborah Glass said that the officer was not responsible for the way the incident was spun and that, in her view, it should not have gone any further than the â€œpersonal apologyâ€ Mr Mitchell made to the officer for swearing.
From Police Oracle