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Price for Racism: Judge forced to resign for racist slur against British Indian

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

London: Turning the screws on the rampant racism prevalent in positions of power, a British judge who allegedly made racist comments in a court about an Indian-origin crime victim has been forced to resign.

According to a media report, an official inquiry was initiated last year against District Judge Terence Hollingworth after he told lawyers that it won’t be a problem for them to fetch Deepa Patel — the victim in a harassment case — to attend the court hearing as “she won’t be working anywhere important where she can’t get the time off”.

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“Judge Hollingworth resigned as a tribunal judge during the course of the conduct investigation. He is no longer a judicial office holder in any capacity,” a spokesperson for the Judicial Conduct Investigations Office was quoted as saying by the Daily Mail.

“She’ll only be working in a shop or an off-licence”, the Daily Mail added on Monday.

The judge’s controversial remarks led prosecutor Rachel Parker to withdraw the case, saying: “I am professionally embarrassed. I cannot prosecute this case.”

“I was born and bred in this country. I went through school, college and then on to university to study law. It’s shocking and disgusting for anyone to say that, especially a judge,” Patel, a law graduate, told The Sun after the incident on October 30 last year.

Later, the Crown Prosecution Service filed an official complaint and four weeks later, Hollingworth resigned as a district judge.

However, despite the Judicial Conduct Investigations Office starting an official inquiry into his behaviour, Hollingworth continued to work as an immigration judge for the Asylum and Immigration Chamber.

(With inputs from IANS)

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Veerendra Kumar, Kerala JD-U leader resigns from Rajya Sabha

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Veerendra Kumar, Kerala JD-U leader resigns from Rajya Sabha
Veerendra Kumar, Kerala JD-U leader resigns from Rajya Sabha. IANS
  • Veerendra Kumar was the chairman of the JD-U’s Kerala unit
  • JD-U leader M.P. Veerendra Kumar resigned from Rajya Sabha

New Delhi, Dec 20, 2017: Disgruntled Janata Dal-United leader M.P. Veerendra Kumar on Wednesday resigned from the Rajya Sabha, days after rebel JD-U leaders Sharad Yadav and Ali Anwar were disqualified from the Upper House.

The 80-year-old, also a Kerala media baron, submitted his resignation to Rajya Sabha Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu on Wednesday morning, Arun Kumar Shrivastava, also a rebel JD-U leader, told IANS.

Shrivastava said Veerendra Kumar, who were elected to the Upper House from Kerala last year with support from the Congress-led UDF, resigned “so that no one questions his integrity that he is aligning with (Bihar Chief Minister and JD-U President) Nitish Kumar”.

Veerendra Kumar was the chairman of the JD-U’s Kerala unit.

Nitish Kumar’s decision to break away from the Grand Alliance with the Rashtriya Janata Dal and the Congress in Bihar and align with the BJP-led NDA in July this year triggered rebellion in the party.

JD-U’s founder leader Sharad Yadav led the rebel faction to protest Nitish Kumar’s decision. He was disqualified from the Rajya Sabha along with Ali Anwar on December 4 “on ground of defection rules”. (IANS)

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