Badalati admitted to the inquiry he felt a sense of obligation to vote favourably in planning decisions related to the Treacy Street development because of the payment.
The inquiry also heard that in 2016, Uy met Badalati and Hindi at a park in Rhodes and handed each bags filled with $100,000 and told the pair: “Thank you for your assistance on Landmark.”
In his evidence on Wednesday, Badalati said he had spoken with Hindi since the ICAC inquiry was announced on May 24, and Hindi had asked him what evidence he would give at the hearing.
“I said I was going to tell the truth. In a roundabout sort of way [Hindi] was saying he didn’t do anything wrong,” Badalati said.
“[He said] something about, ‘You’re not going to tell them about the money’. I said, ‘If I’m asked, I have to say it’.
“He kind of went off a bit.”
Badalati agreed with Commissioner Stephen Rushton’s suggestions Hindi was concerned and angry. But Badalati said Hindi didn’t try to convince him not to give the evidence.
“I don’t think he tried to persuade me. I was determined to tell the truth.”
Hindi has yet to give evidence at the inquiry.
Rushton told Badalati not to have any conversations with other witnesses in the inquiry.
“After yesterday, I don’t think anyone’s going to want to talk to me,” Badalati said.
The hearing continues next Wednesday. It is expected to last five weeks.
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