Gurkhas and Lumley deliver injunction
CAMPAIGN: Date is set for High Court to hear case
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”.
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.”