Monthly Archives: March 2018

Gurpal Virdi: ‘On paper, the system is right. In reality, it’s corrupt and unfair’

This piece was originally published by The Justice Gap.   ‘People have to know the truth,’ says Gurpal Virdi, almost three years after a jury found him innocent of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old in the back of a police van. Compiling his diaries and all the court transcripts he could afford, the retired detective sergeant has set down the story of his ordeal in a new book, Behind the Blue Line. Yet, for Virdi, one thing is missing: the real name of his false accuser. ‘In a way, I feel quite aggrieved,’ he tells me. ‘Whilst everything about me has been exposed to the media, the complainant gets away scot free for the rest of their life.’ In March 2013, Wasim Anqkar – the fake name Virdi gives him in the book – came forward with an allegation dating back to 1986, when he had been arrested for possessing a knife. …