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UK: Indian restaurant owner banned for hiring illegals

Harcharan Singh Sekhon, who employed five illegal immigrants at his Indian restaurant in Glasgow, has been disqualified by British authorities from being a director of a limited company for six years.

world Updated: Feb 17, 2016 18:34 IST
Harcharan Singh Sekhon
Harcharan Singh Sekhon, who employed five illegal immigrants at his Indian restaurant in Glasgow, has been disqualified by British authorities from being a director of a limited company for six years.(Reuters Photo)

Harcharan Singh Sekhon, who employed five illegal immigrants at his Indian restaurant in Glasgow, has been disqualified by British authorities from being a director of a limited company for six years.

An investigation by the Insolvency Service found that Sekhon, while a director of Kirkcrest Limited, failed to ensure the company complied with its obligations under immigration law (specifically, to make sure that relevant immigration checks were completed and copy documents retained). This resulted in the employment of the illegal workers.

Following a visit from immigration officers, during which the illegal workers were discovered, the company was issued a £25,000 penalty notice, which remained outstanding.

All the illegal workers were found to be paid less than the national minimum wage, official sources said on Wednesday. Sekhon, who admitted hiring the illegal workers and paying them less than the minimum wage, was running a restaurant called Bombay Blues.

Sekhon admitted: “I failed to ensure that Kirkcrest Limited complied with its statutory obligations under The Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006 to ensure that relevant immigration checks were completed and copy documents retained resulting in the employment of five illegal workers. In addition, I caused or allowed Kirkcrest to breach the National Minimum Wage Act 1998.”