Sikh Officer Wins Third Race Prejudice Payout from Yard; Victory: Sgt Gurpal Virdi, Who Has Won More Than [Pounds Sterling] , from the Met

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Sikh Officer Wins Third Race Prejudice Payout from Yard; Victory: Sgt Gurpal Virdi, Who Has Won More Than [Pounds Sterling] , from the Met


Byline: PAUL CHESTON

AN Asian police officer who was twice paid compensation for racialdiscrimination has won another five-figure sum for more mistreatment by theMet.

Detective Sergeant Gurpal Virdi has been awarded [pounds sterling]70,400 after being passedover for promotion for having exposed racial discrimination at Scotland Yard.

Today the 49-year-old Sikh called on Met Commissioner Sir Ian Blair to bring intough new measures to stamp out discrimination because "no amount of trainingappeared to be working".

The payout means he has received more than [pounds sterling]300,000 from the Met incompensation for racial persecution.

An industrial tribunal heard that Sgt Virdi was told he could not become adetective inspector because members of a promotion panel had been prejudicedagainst him by his previous victories.

In August 2000, Sgt Virdi was awarded [pounds sterling]150,000 by a tribunal for racialdiscrimination by the Met when he was unfairly dismissed from the force.

He had been sacked after being wrongly accused of sending racist hate mail toblack and Asian officers at Hanwell police station.

He was reinstated in 2002 and an internal investigation found major failings inwhat was seen as a landmark case in race relations inside the police service.

Sir John Stevens, then Commis- Victory: Sgt Gurpal more than [pounds sterling] , sioner,apologised and agreed Sgt Virdi should be paid another [pounds sterling]90,000 compensation bythe force for "injury to his feelings".

On his return to duty he worked for assistant commissioner Tarique Ghaffur, theMet's most senior Asian officer, on community issues and policy.

In 2005 Sgt Virdi was presented by Sir Ian with the Police Long Service andGood Conduct Medal. Encouraged by senior officers, he applied for promotion todetective inspector at a time when the Met had a shortage. …

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