Society case against me 'outrageous': Kamlesh
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Society case against me 'outrageous': Kamlesh

"I've had to re-mortgage my house to fund this appeal, said Kamlesh Behl, as the case opened.

india Updated: Dec 27, 2003 23:22 IST
UK Bureau

The legal battle between the Law Society and Kamlesh Behl, its former vice-president, flared again at the hearing before an Employment Appeal Tribunal. It was interesting to note that quite a few Indians were present, signalling moral support to Behl.

She called the solicitors' most powerful body in Britain "outrageous" as it began its appeal against an Employment Tribunal ruling in July 2001 that the Society had racially and sexually discriminated against her.

Behl who has been re-elected to the Society's council said: "I have had to re-mortgage my house to fund this appeal. What the Law Society has done is outrageous."

Her dispute with the Society had begun soon after she was forced to resign while on the brink of becoming its first Asian and woman president. An inquiry in March 2000. under the retired Law lord, Lord Griffiths, had upheld complaints of alleged bullying by Behl, who is a former Chairperson of the Equal Opportunities Commission.

It had led to a major controversy with many Asian solicitors orchestrating against her indictment. She went to an Employment Tribunal that ruled she was discriminated against. Many felt that some people did not want her to become president of the Society.

Now, the society's appeal against the earlier ruling is being heard. It is expected to last a few days.

First Published: Dec 24, 2003 21:35 IST