Resolve the Grover case

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Krishan D. Uppal – March 19, 2012

Re: Deal to end long-running human rights case falters, Feb. 26.

It is not surprising that the National Research Council reneged on the offer it made to Dr. Chander Grover.

Any avid follower of the Citizen's 22-year coverage of this story would assert that the NRC has used this strategy all along to gain ground on Grover. I followed this case also by attending 30 days of hearing before the tribunal.

On February 2, 1990, the NRC dubiously fired its lawyer and prolonged the hearing by 18 months because it became obvious from the testimony of its principal witness that its case had faltered. It threatened Grover's witnesses with reprisals to strengthen its case.

The NRC resisted to comply with the tribunal's order and challenged its authority, but lost before the federal court. It reluctantly implemented the tribunal's remedy regarding Grover's position, but subsequently reneged on the agreement when the tribunal was no longer seized with this case.

The NRC had Grover's three other complaints dismissed for delay on the ground that its witnesses had lost their memory, notwithstanding the fact that it actively participated in the proceedings regarding those complaints for 18 years. The NRC spent nearly $1 million to hire private sector consultants and lawyers to get back at Grover.

It is appalling that the NRC is pushing to continue with the litigation instead of taking steps to repair the damage caused to Grover.

The government and the politicians must stop being mere bystanders and intervene to resolve this case in the best interest of all parties, including Canadian taxpayers. Enough is enough.

Krishan D. Uppal, Ottawa President, Canadian Alliance for Visible Minorities

Original article on Ottawa Citizen website