'Discrimination and collusion' Claim against former top cop.
A SENIOR Scotland Yard officer is expected to serve notice of a claim of racial discrimination against the Metropolitan Police to an Employment Tribunal in London today.
Commander Ali Dizaei, the president of the National Black Police Association, will claim former commissioner Sir Ian Blair and the Met's chief executive Catherine Crawford colluded to suspend him from duty.
He was suspended in September this year after being accused of misconduct.
Chairman of the Metropolitan Black Police Association Alfred John said: "The Metropolitan Police Authority will have difficulty explaining how an officer, who according to very senior police officers performs exceptionally well in his job, has been suspended from duty when white senior officers subject to more serious complaints remain on duty and are, in fact, promoted."
Mr Dizaei was previously suspended in 2001 after allegations of corruption and drug use were made. He was cleared in 2003 and reinstated and awarded pounds 60,000 compensation.
Commander Dizaei claims one reason he was suspended was to prevent him representing colleague, Asst Commissioner Tarique Ghaffur, who agreed an out-of-court settlement in his race claim against Scotland Yard last month
A Metropolitan Police Authority spokesman said it awaited official notification of Commander Dizaei's actions.
The Met is currently fighting several high-profile Employment Tribunal claims, including one of racist bullying and victimisation from Yasmin Rehman, the Met's head of diversity.
TRIBUNAL CLAIM: Ali Dizaei