Council Leader Derek Milligan has accused Lothian and Borders Police of being “complicit” in a campaign against him.
The councillor is demanding answers as to why, following a two-month police investigation, an assault charge against him was dropped by the Procurator Fiscal.
Mr Milligan had been accused of punching 40-year-old Alan Scott during an argument in the Bonnyrigg Rose Social Club, leading to Mr Scott being taken to hospital with a head wound.
The Labour councillor, who represents the Bonnyrigg area, had always denied the charges, claiming Mr Scott had fallen.
Now he plans to pursue the matter with the police.
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