THE case of a retired Asian police officer investigated on a sex charge by the force that previously racially discriminated against him may have been “maliciously motivated” his supporters claim.
Home Secretary Theresa May is being urged to review the case of former Met Police sergeant Gurpal Virdi who was cleared three weeks ago of sexually abusing a boy in a police van in 1986, the BBC reported.
It took a jury less than an hour to clear Virdi last month at Southwark Crown Cour. He retired from the Met Police in 2012 after 30 years of service,
The 56 year-old and his supporters claim the inquiry was maliciously motivated but Scotland Yard has denied the claims.
MP Sir Peter Bottomley has written to May to discuss the case and said “malice” and “incompetence” may have played a part in the investigation.
It was in 1998 that Virdi’s treatment by the Met first came to public attention after he was arrested, had his home searched and was suspended.
The detective sergeant at a west London station was accused of sending racist hate mail to himself and other ethnic minority officers. In police discipline panel in March 2000 his claims of racism were dismissed.
But in August 2000 an employment tribunal found the force had racially discriminated against Virdi, and in February 2002 he received an apology.
He received £240,000 in compensation and returned to work. In 2007 an employment tribunal found that the Met had victimised Virdi again by refusing him promotion in 2005 because he had previously won a race discrimination case against the force.