London, Aug 29: Tarique Ghaffur, Scotland Yard's top Asian police officer, has accused his boss and MET chief Sir Ian Blair of racial discrimination.
In a press conference Ghaffur, the Assistant Commissioner Central Operations, Metropolitan Police, said that he was subjected to racial and religious discrimination, he also added that he was sidelined by Ian in his role as head of security for the 2012 London Olympics. In the same vein he added that this case is not against individuals and he only came out in the open when the going got tough. The reports were coming in that Ghaffur may demand 1 million pound damage, however, in the press conference he did not reveal if he was looking for any kind of monetary compensation.
The MET police has denied the allegations made by Ghaffur. They have been given a timeframe of 28 days to respond to the allegations. Reports says that Ghaffur had initiated legal proceedings at an employment tribunal, but the force had not yet been served with legal papers.
His parents, Indian Muslims from the Punjab, immigrated to Uganda where he was born in 1958. He became a police officer in 1974 and rose to assistant commissioner in 2001.