Gurkhas win test case over right to stay
RETIRED Gurkhas have won the right to stay in the UK.
The momentous ruling came on Tuesday afternoon from Mr Justice Blake, at the High Court in London.
Thousands of Gurkhas were outside to hear the news, as was campaigner Joanna Lumley and two Victoria Cross winners Tul Bahadur Pun, 87, and Lacchiman Gurung, 91.
The class action was brought on behalf of 2,000 retired Gurkhas by solicitors Howe and Co, trying to prove that the “1997 rule” was illegal.
Any Gurkha who retired before 1997, when the regiment moved from Hong Kong to Britain, did not have an automatic right to remain in the country and those who went home to Nepal were not even allowed to enter.
Solicitor Martin Howe said it was an “historic” decision.