Detective alleges Police Racism

An Asian detective who won a race discrimination case against the Metropolitan Police is taking his employers back to a tribunal.

Gurpal Virdi, a Sikh detective sergeant, told Sunrise Radio that he still faced racism despite the inquiry into his previous case and he was taking a new case to an employment tribunal.

Mr Virdi won compensation and an apology from the Met in 2002 two years ago after a disciplinary panel suspended him for allegedly sending racist mail to black and Asian officers and civilian staff where he was based in Ealing, West London.

He returned to the force after the tribunal found he was the victim of racial discrimination and ruled there was no evidence against him.

Mr Virdi told Sunrise Radio that his attempts to gain promotion in the force were blocked and claimed he was not allowed extra time for an examination despite having a cyst on his eye. He said: "The evidence that I have is that the Metropolitan Police is reluctant to move on, racism still exists and there are a lack of opportunities for people like me to move up the ranks."

He added: "I just want the employment tribunal to listen to the evidence and come to a justifiable decision and hopefully say things are not as they seem at the Metropolitan Police. The lip service is not good enough."

A Met spokeswoman said: "Det Sgt Gurpal Virdi, an officer with the specialist crime directorate, has brought employment tribunal proceedings against the MPS alleging race and disability discrimination and victimisation. "A pre-hearing review will be conducted on April 25 and 26 at Central London Tribunal at Kingsway. "It would be inappropriate to discuss the matter further while the proceedings remain ongoing."