Top UK Muslim police to sue chief for racism

The news came as Sir Ian was accused in another tribunal of excluding black and Asian policemen in favour of white officers.

Top UK Muslim police to sue chief for racism
Britain's highest ranking Muslim police officer is to sue Scotland Yard for racial discrimination, UK media reported.

Tarique Ghaffur, a Metropolitan Police assistant commissioner, says he was bullied and harassed.

Some of the discriminations drawn up in legal papers point to Met chief Sir Ian Blair.

It is claimed their relationship had deteriorated so much the two officers were not on speaking terms.

Ghaffur, who is responsible for security at the 2012 Olympics, says he was undermined by his superiors.

He also says that his contract was extended for only one year – when senior white colleagues were offered more.

A Met spokesman last night said the force was "unaware" of an employment tribunal application from Ghaffur.

He added: 'If it is, we regret and are disappointed that asst comm Tarique Ghaffur has chosen to pursue such a course.'

Ali Dizaei, president of the National Black Police Association, said he was aware of Ghaffur's concerns.

He added: 'It will be a sad day for the police service if one of the UK's most respected senior ethnic minority officers is forced to challenge his treatment in court.'

The news came as Sir Ian was accused in another tribunal of excluding black and Asian policemen in favour of white officers.

Shabir Hussain said earlier this week he was passed over for promotion by Sir Ian, who allegedly used his influence to earmark others.
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