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UK court bars Indo-American from filing claims

Suresh Deman usually charged UK universities with racial discrimination and won 194,500 pounds that cost the British taxpayer more than 1 million pounds.

india Updated: Jan 15, 2007 16:32 IST

A British court has ordered an Indian American lecturer here to not file any more tribunal claims after he brought 40 cases to employment tribunals in the last ten years.

In most of these cases, Suresh Deman usually charged British universities with racial discrimination and won 194,500 pounds (over $381,000) in compensation that cost the British taxpayer more than 1 million pounds.

Under a high court 'restriction of proceedings' order, Deman must now seek permission from the employment appeals tribunal to lodge any future cases, the Evening Standard newspaper reported.

While delivering the order, Justice Underhill said Deman was obsessed with the fact that he was being racially discriminated against and added that in a large number of the jobs he applied for "his candidature was very weak".

"He has caused enormous inconvenience, harassment and expense to the respondents," the judge said.

A resident of Eltham, southeast London, Deman said: "I am not doing this because I enjoy it. I would rather have a job, but I am being kept off shortlists because people know my reputation."

The Indian American lecturer first acquired a taste for litigation when he was teaching at the Pittsburgh University in the US and was sacked in 1987. He won 23,000 pounds after bringing a successful claim for racial discrimination.

Later while teaching at the Queen's University, Belfast, he received 30,000 pounds after a series of tribunal claims.

In 1995, when he applied for a doctorate at Bradford University, he was offered a Masters - prompting a claim that he was snubbed on racial grounds.

Deman worked for two years at Greenwich University until he was sacked for misconduct in November 1999. He later received 42,000-pounds in compensation after making several claims.

Since then he seems to have devoted himself to pursuing dozens of race discrimination claims and appeals. His usual method is to apply for a job and if not shortlisted then he brings a race discrimination claim to an employment tribunal.

He is believed to have applied for at least 1,000 academic posts in Britain.

His successes include 35,600 pounds from the European School of Economics, for not explaining why he was not appointed and a 12,500-pound payout from Nottingham University for failing to shortlist him.