A senior immigration judge in London has resigned after making a racist remark about a British Indian woman who was harassed by her ex-boyfriend.
Judicial authorities have launched an investigation into the comments by Judge Peter Hollingworth, 63, who is said to have told the woman: “With a name like Patel she can only be working in a corner shop or off licence.”
The judge is said to have made the comment after prosecuting lawyers said Ms Deepa Patel, 22, failed to appear in court in a case against her boyfriend, Parvan Singh, 23, and who is accused of threatening Ms Patel.
The judge reportedly added: “She won’t be working anywhere important.”
Judge Hollingworth has now been reported to Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals service for the “inappropriate comments”.
Lancashire-born Miss Patel told The Sun newspaper: ‘It’s shocking and disgusting for anyone to say that, especially a judge.
“He’s the one deciding people’s freedom and he’s saying stuff like that — it’s ridiculous.”
“You would assume people of this day and age, especially a judge, wouldn’t be racist.”
‘I’m glad I wasn’t in the room — I don’t think I would have coped. It’s right that he’s resigned but it’s outrageous that he’s still an immigration judge. He needs to resign altogether.’
Prosecutor Rachel Parker says she is “professional embarrassed” over the judge’s’ remarks.
Ms Patel’s former partner was jailed for 20 weeks for harassment, according to reports.