Sikh policeman gets almost PS10k as damages for racial discrimination

March 21st, 2008 - 1:32 pm ICT by admin  

London, Mar 21 (ANI): A Sikh policeman is set to receive almost 10,000 pounds in damages for racial discrimination after Greater Manchester police (GMP) rejected 12 applications from him for a transfer into its ranks.

British Transport Police officer Pc Sangram Singh-Bhacker, 41, had served in the force for sixteen years and had been trying to get a transfer to the city since 1990.

A tribunal has now found GMP guilty of racial discrimination and condemned the force both for its refusal to employ the officer and the way it later sought to impugn his integrity.

As damages, Pc Singh-Bhacker was awarded 5,000 pounds for injury to his feelings, 4,000 pounds in aggravated damages and 400 pounds in travel expenses.

The aggravated damages were awarded because of the way GMP had attacked Singh-Bhacker’s integrity without any supporting documentation.

“We regularly accept transfers of officers from other forces if they meet the rigorous standards we require. These officers are drawn from many different communities, including the Asian community, The Telegraph quoted a GMP spokesman, as saying. (ANI)

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