Page last updated at 19:41 GMT, Monday, 1 September 2008 20:41 UK

Officer loses Met race claim case

Shabir Hussain
Mr Hussain claimed he was passed over for promotion four times

The Metropolitan Police (Met) did not racially discriminate against an Asian officer, an employment tribunal ruled.

Commander Shabir Hussain claimed he was repeatedly overlooked for promotion.

He had alleged racial discrimination against Met Commissioner Sir Ian Blair, the Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA) and its chairman Len Duvall.

Mr Hussain said he was "disappointed" but the Met said the ruling proved that its treatment of the officer "has been fair, appropriate and transparent".

Speaking to BBC London's home affairs correspondent Guy Smith, Mr Hussain said he will continue working with the force.

He added: "I believe the employment tribunal showed shortcomings in the promotion process".

Mr Hussain dropped the claims against Mr Duvall in July before the hearings ended, the MPA said.

'Unfair treatment'

A police statement said: "The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) is pleased to be vindicated of racially discriminating against Commander Hussain and we are disappointed that he felt it was necessary to bring this case.

"The tribunal has clearly recognised that our treatment of Commander Hussain has been fair, appropriate and transparent.

"It found no substance to support the allegations made by Commander Hussain that he had been discriminated against.

"Commander Hussain remains a valued senior member of the MPS performing an important role for the people of London."

Sir Ian Blair
Sir Ian rejected the claims by Shabir Hussain as "inconceivable"

A spokesman for the MPA said: "The MPA was always confident that the allegations of discrimination brought against the Authority, its chair Len Duvall, and the Commissioner by Commander Shabir Hussain would not be proven.

"We regret Commander Hussain saw fit to bring this claim, but his earlier decision to drop the claim against Len Duvall and this outcome endorse our rejection of the allegations."

Mr Hussain, 45, had claimed that his application to become deputy assistant commissioner was rejected an unprecedented four times, despite it being better than other candidates', due to "unfair treatment in terms of race".

Sir Ian refuted the allegation and told the tribunal in Stratford, east London, that the suggestion was "inconceivable" and "would be seen as an extraordinary aberration".

Mr Hussain joined the force in 1983 and is currently responsible for aviation security and roads policing.

He also has national policy responsibility for road death and collision investigation.

The ruling comes after another high-ranking Asian police officer accused the Met of racial discrimination.

Assistant Commissioner Tarique Ghaffur's claims that he was "sidelined" by Sir Ian Blair are expected to be heard at a tribunal next year.




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