UK Home Office Suspends Immigration Scrutiny on Bank Accounts

first_imgThe UK Home Office has suspended immigration checks on thousands of banks accounts in the wake of immigration scandals such as the Windrush controversy that hit the UK government recently, the Guardian reported.The checks were suspended temporarily, according to a Home Office spokeswoman, the report said. “It is vital that the compliant environment protects vulnerable people and appropriate safeguards are built into the measures. However, after careful consideration we have decided to temporarily reduce the scope of the checks being carried out on bank accounts,” the spokeswomen was quoted as saying by the publication. She added that the measure was taken so no one is inadvertently disadvantaged by measures put in place to tackle illegal migration.The Home Office is now in the process of getting in touch with banks and building societies to give them instructions about reducing the scope of the checks. The checks were introduced as part of UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s strategies for creation of a hostile environment for illegal immigrants, the report added.UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid on May 15 informed the UK Home Affairs Committee that banks were given instructions at the beginning of the year to ensure that the accounts of “thousands” of people the Home Office had incorrectly identified as illegal migrants to be closed. However, he has now asked the banks to suspend the measure over fears that many people who have been living legally in the United Kingdom may have been targeted incorrectly.“What I have asked officials to do is to contact those banks again and tell them not to go ahead with that until I am more comfortable that we have got it right,” Javid said, Sky News reported. He added that thousands of letters were sent to banks about individuals who the Home Office believed were illegal migrants.“I understand, if I have the dates right, at the start of this year; again, I do not have the number – letters in the thousands were sent to banks on individuals where the department believes they are illegal migrants and to close their bank accounts,” Javid said.According to powers introduced in January this year under the 2016 Immigration Act, banks were required to check the identity of each current account holder against a Home Office-supplied database. In instances where it was suspected that an account was being used by an undocumented immigrants, the Home Office would review it before it asked the bank to take the necessary step which included closing the account.“The Tories seem to be attempting a panicked and piece-meal retreat from their own immigration policy. However, this temporary U-turn applies to just one element of their hostile environment, when the policy as a whole must be ended permanently,” shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott was quoted as saying by the Guardian. Related ItemsSajid JavidUnited Kingdomlast_img read more


first_imgGeorge claimed he had no contact with Ganapathy since 2014.”As I recollect, in March 2014 he was serving at Rajgopalnagar Police Station (in Bengaluru). He was suspended in a case, after which he came to me asking me to intervene in the matter, but I clearly told him I could not do so because I cannot interfere in matters of police department. Thereafter there has been no contact,” George said, adding he had not spoken to any other police officials regarding Ganapathy.Ganapathys brother Thammaiah, also a senior police official, said his allegations against senior officials were imaginary.”Please dont compare with other cases, he was under severe depression. He was undergoing treatment at M S Ramaih Hospital. After coming to Mangaluru he was under treatment from his friend who is a doctor.”His allegations are imaginary…; Im not trying to defend anybody,” Thammaiah said.Maintaining that his brother was unable to handledepression, he said, “No one from the department had harassedhim. Not even one promotion or increment was delayed to him.”He also said he was not speaking under pressure from government or senior officials. “All our batch mates knew that Ganapathy was under depression.”Home Minister G Parameshwara said, “He has named ADGP Prasad pointing out that some thing had happened when he worked with him eight years ago.”He had also named Mohanty (IGP, Lokayukta Police) and also Minister George.”We cannot say anything without inquiry,” he said, adding, Ganapathy had never got in touch with him or spoken to him.advertisementIGP Southern Range B K Singh said no death note was found.He said on searching the room two empty cartridges were found and two rounds were fired. Also, some medical treatment slips were found.Singh said Ganapathys father had given a complaint stating that his son “was in depression due to family problem.”A case of unnatural death had been registered under CrPC section 174, he added.Ganapathy was a native of Munjarayapattana, Siddhapur near Madikeri and belonged to the 1991 batch.He was a former sportsman and entered service through the sports quota.PTI KSU BDN RA VS DVlast_img read more