Gurkhas win test case over right to stay

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News -

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.

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