Army could face £2bn bill over Gurkha pay discrepancy

A
Gurkha was paid 60 per cent less than his colleagues because of the Army’s
institutional racism, it was claimed yesterday.

Hari
Thapa, 38, of Cwmbran, South Wales, was paid £43,000 less over 15 years than a
British soldier of the same rank, an employment tribunal was told.

Since
1947 Gurkha’s pay and pensions have been linked to the Indian Army.

Mr
Thapa’s lawyer called the situation "shocking and unlawful". If Mr
Thapa’s case is successful it could leave the Army open to claims from 30,000
Gurkhas at an estimated cost of £2bn.

The
case continues.

By Quentin Reade

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