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A senior civil servant hounded out of his Commonwealth job while working under Baroness Scotland has won nearly £300,000 in compensation.
It amounts to almost three years' salary for Ram Venuprasad who was pushed out of his post at the Commonwealth Secretariat after he was wrongly blamed for leaking documents to the Daily Mail.
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He was Commonwealth secretary general Lady Scotland's former head office deputy when a disciplinary board ruled against him while he was on sick leave.
The final bill to the organisation may end up close to the £1million mark after legal costs of the two-and-a-half-year dispute are paid.
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The tribunal ruling made public yesterday said the process by which Mr Venuprasad was removed from his job ran against both secretariat rules and natural justice.
It added: 'We also trust that this judgment will encourage the secretariat to reflect on the uncompromising and aggressive manner in which the disciplinary process and this litigation were conducted, despite the illness and vulnerability of the employee concerned.
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'A more sensitive and humane approach would have gone a long way to avoiding the breaches that occurred, the harms that were caused ... and the cost to the secretariat of compensating Mr Venuprasad for those harms.'
The findings are the latest embarrassment for Lady Scotland, 63, who has been labelled 'Baroness Shameless' over her behaviour in the job. The Labour peer has been accused of demanding high spending on her grace-and-favour Mayfair mansion, of awarding contracts to friends...
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