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This section provides information about the MPA's inquiry into the case of PS Gurpal Virdi, who was discriminated against, by the MPS, on the grounds of his race.

Warning: This is archived material and may be out of date. The Metropolitan Police Authority has been replaced by the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime (MOPC).

See the MOPC website for further information.

Gurpal Virdi - The Virdi Inquiry Report

The Virdi Inquiry was commissioned by the MPA and published its first report on 9 January 2002.

At that time the Panel was unable to take evidence from Sergeant Virdi in person. The Inquiry Panel therefore recommended that it should reconvene to hear a submission from Sergeant Virdi and publish a supplementary report.

The Virdi Inquiry Report Part 2 was completed in November 2004.

This section introduces the reports and contains further information about the Inquiry, with links to relevant pages on the MPA website and elsewhere.

MPA inquiry into the case against PS Gurpal Virdi


On 23 August 2000, an Employment Tribunal found that PS Gurpal Virdi had been discriminated against, by the Metropolitan Police Service, on the grounds of his race.

On 1 September 2000 the MPA announced that an Inquiry would be set up and R David Muir was appointed to Chair a Panel.

Virdi Inquiry reports

Report part 1

[December 2001]

This is split into three sections:

  • Part 1A - Pages 1-82 (up to the appendices). This includes the introduction and executive summary to the report, which details the Panel's examination of the original investigation, the Discipline Board and the Employment Tribunal; and the recommendations of the Panel.
  • Part 1B - Pages 83-128 (first half of the appendices)
  • Part 1C - Pages 129-176 (remaining half of the appendices)

Report part 2

[November 2004]

The Virdi Inquiry Report was published in December 2001. PS Virdi was unable present his submission in person to the Inquiry as he had lodged a second
Employment Tribunal claim against the MPS on the 7 June 2000. This claim was respect of the disciplinary process used by the MPS. This claim remained live during the time that evidence was being gathered by the Inquiry. Panel members received legal advice to the effect that the presentation of evidence could be detrimental to parties involved in the process.

In the final report Panel Members sought to address this difficulty in a recommendation to the Metropolitan Police Authority (Recommendation 14).

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