Gurkhas and Lum­ley de­liver in­junc­tion

CAM­PAIGN: Date is set for High Court to hear case

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Family Announcements - by Chris Denham cden­ham@thek­m­group.co.uk

HUN­DREDS of vet­eran Gurkha sol­diers have vis­ited the High Court again to fight for their rights.

Led by ac­tress Joanna Lum­ley, the for­mer Gurkhas – Nepali sol­diers serv­ing with the Army – trav­elled to Lon­don on Tues­day to de­liver an in­junc­tion to the Royal Courts of Jus­tice on the Strand.

As it stands, Gurkhas who re­tired be­fore the reg­i­ment came to Bri­tain in 1997 do not re­ceive the same pen­sion and have no right to set­tle in the UK.

As a re­sult, those Gurkhas af­fected that are al­ready here have to ap­ply for spe­cial leave to re­main or face a fu­ture with no right to work or to claim any help from the state.

In Septem­ber, Howe and Co solic­i­tors won a fa­mous victory for the Gurkhas in the High Court, where Lord Jus­tice Blake re­ferred to cur­rent gov­ern­ment poli­cies as “un­law­ful”.

Frus­tra­tion

How­ever, the gov­ern­ment has still not taken any action to change its rules, lead­ing to great frus­tra­tion and anger as sev­eral vet­er­ans have since died wait­ing for change.

It is hoped that their in­junc­tion will change that.

Prior to 1997 the Gurkha regi- ment was based in Hong Kong.

Folke­stone coun­cil­lor Lynne Beau­mont has been fight­ing for the Gurkha Jus­tice Cam­paign with fel­low coun­cil­lor Peter Car­roll. Speak­ing out­side the High Court, she said: “We have served our in­junc­tion and we have a hear­ing on Wed­nes­day, March 25, with Lord Jus­tice Blake.

“Dhan Gu­rung and I went in with Joanna Lum­ley and gave them the in­junc­tion.

“A clerk came back mo­ments later and said it would be a week on Wed­nes­day.

“We were not ex­pect­ing it to be so quick and we are re­ally pleased. It is a great re­sult.

“Lots of peo­ple came down from all over Eng­land and there were hun­dreds of re­tired Gurkhas.”

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