My Life Is Lying in Tatters, but the Man I Blame Is Unpunished; EUROPEAN COURT MOVE AS POLICE DROP DISCIPLINARY ACTION

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GOVERNMENT action was demanded last night after it emerged that a senior police officer who was branded a racist by an industrial tribunal will not now face disciplinary action.

MPs and civil liberties' groups called on Scottish Secretary Donald Dewar to intervene in the case of Superintendent Gordon Macpherson of the Strathclyde force.

Despite the tribunal finding that he committed 'the worst types of racism' he will remain at his post and keep his senior rank.

The tribunal's finding, following complaints by former Strathclyde Police Constable Lawrence Ramadas to Chief Constable John Orr, prompted the force to order an investigation.

But it emerged yesterday that disciplinary action against the superintendent, who denied he was a racist, had been dropped on legal advice after he challenged the force's powers to act against him.

It is understood the force was advised that an inquiry held into Mr Ramadas' allegations in 1994 prevented it from launching new disciplinary action in the wake of the tribunal hearing.

As a result, a disciplinary hearing scheduled for next month will not proceed.

Mr Ramadas, 33, who is half Indian, has vowed to take his fight to the European Court o f Human Rights.

Superintendent Macpher-son remains on full duties, although he has been transferred to a post which does not involve 'personnel duties'.

His Ayr Labour MP Sandra Osborne said last

night: 'I am disgusted. The police haven't just denied Mr Ramadas justice.

They have rubbed salt in the wound. There can be no credibility for their so-called antiracist policies until he gets justice.' The SNP's spokesman on legal issues, MP Roseanna Cunningham, said: 'The question has to be raised as to whether Superintendent Macpherson is fit to continue in the police force.

'The result of this debacle is that Mr Ramadas ends up without a job and without compensation, while Superintendent Macpherson, tainted reputation and all, continues in the force.' Liberal Democrat MP Donald Gorrie said: 'I will be writing to Donald Dewar asking if he can look into this case and see what can be done. …