Indian-Origin Woman Wrongly Jailed In UK For Over 12 Yrs, Rejects Ex-Boss’ Apology

Indian-Origin Lady Wrongly Jailed In UK For Over 12 Yrs, Rejects Ex-Boss’ Apology

The UK authorities, which formally owned Submit Workplace Ltd, has paid out thousands and thousands in compensation to tons of of sub-postmasters – lots of them of Indian heritage – impacted by the defective Horizon software program.

'Was Pregnant': Indian-Origin Woman Wrongly Jailed In UK For Over 12 Yrs, Rejects Ex-Boss' Apology

In a latest public inquiry into the Submit Workplace Horizon IT scandal, Seema Misra, an Indian-origin former Submit Workplace supervisor in England, stood agency in rejecting the apology supplied by a former boss. Misra, now 47, was wrongly convicted and imprisoned for over 12 years in the past whereas pregnant over a decade in the past for an alleged theft of GBP 75,000 from her department in Surrey. The Court docket of Attraction overturned her conviction in April 2021, highlighting a grave injustice. Throughout Thursday’s hearings for the Submit Workplace Horizon IT inquiry in London, former Submit Workplace Managing Director David Smith apologised for a congratulatory e mail he despatched after Misra’s conviction. Misra endured four-and-a-half months at Bronzefield jail in south-east England, giving start to her second youngster whereas beneath digital monitoring.

“It was supposed to be a congratulatory e mail to the staff, figuring out that that they had labored arduous on the case,”  Smith mentioned in his written proof to the inquiry.

Nevertheless, figuring out what I do now, it’s evident that my e mail would have brought about Seema Misra and her household substantial misery to learn and I wish to apologise for that… Even when this had been an accurate conviction, I’d by no means assume that it was ‘good information’ for a pregnant girl to go to jail and I’m massively apologetic that my e mail may be learn as such,” he mentioned.

“Nevertheless, seeing this e mail within the mild of what I do know now, I perceive the anger and the upset that it’ll have brought about and sincerely apologise for that,” he added.

However, talking to reporters later, Seema Misra rejected the apology which comes a few years after her ordeal. “I used to be eight weeks pregnant – they should apologise to my youngest son. It was horrible. I haven’t accepted the apologies,” Seema Misra informed the BBC.

“We had my conviction overturned, no one got here at the moment to apologise. And now they simply out of the blue realised that once they have to look in a public inquiry, they must apologise,” she mentioned.

David Smith informed the inquiry that Seema Misra had been used as a “check case” and the success of the case led to extra confidence within the defective Horizon IT accounting system.

“How can they do a check on a human being? I’m a dwelling creature. I heard that my case had been used as a check case earlier than. However listening to it repeatedly, it’s simply annoying. It makes me increasingly offended, to be sincere,” Seema Misra informed ‘Sky Information’ regarding his proof.

The UK authorities, which formally owned Submit Workplace Ltd, has paid out thousands and thousands in compensation to tons of of sub-postmasters – lots of them of Indian heritage – impacted by the defective Horizon software program.

(With PTI inputs)



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