22 May, 2019

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British Tamil Forum Booted 

By Rajasingham Jayadevan

Rajasingham Jayadevan

Politically and financially bankrupt Tamil Forum UK Ltd, well- known as British Tamil Forum (BTF), has been booted out from its controversial nominal role of providing ‘secretariat’ service to the UK parliamentary All Party Parliamentary Group for Tamils (APPG-T).

The recent High Court judgement of Rohini Sivagurunathan -vs- Tamil Forum UK Ltd ​(Rohini -v- BTF) opened a can of worms on the questionable conduct and management of the BTF and it was a decisive time for the APPG-T to say farewell to the BTF from providing its controversial ‘Secretariat’ service to the group.

When a dispute relates to the common law (as in this case) involving breach of contract, negligence (or even defamation), it will be heard in the High Court of the Royal Court of Justice (in the case, case number B01EC08) instead of lower Employment Tribunal.

Source: BTF website

Paragraph 237 of the judgement states there is ‘manipulation of minutes’, ‘distorted recording’, ‘deliberate omissions’ and ‘unscrupulous conduct’ by the BTF.

Additionally, the judge found BTF to have been involved in direct discrimination, victimisation and denial of natural justice against the Claimant. Costs and damages awarded against BTF amounted to £70,000 and is an additional liability for the already financially bankrupt BTF’s legal arm Tamil Forum UK Ltd. BTF’s own legal costs is unverifiable.

Sadly, a dispute that should have been resolved through alternative dispute resolution of independent mediation, reached the corridors of the High Court of the prestigious Royal Court of Justice, which ended in a 50 page judgement against the BTF.

The ground breaking ruling against the BTF did not receive the attention of the upbeat Tamil web media or the Sri Lankan national media. Even the frontline BTF patronising the Tamil gutter media maintained silence to report their masters unfortunate predicament- a news that would have been savaged if it was against a non LTTE organisation.

The BTF released its so-called ‘position statement’ (press release) in both Tamil and English and failed to explain the facts of the case and the outcome of the hearing. Translators say there are variances between the two versions. Readers, lawyers in particular, fluent in both Tamil and English can draw their own conclusions on their substance and legal implications. A concerned BTF activist in anonymity confirmed ‘press releases were full of dishonest justifications and lies. Not even a single word of regret or remorse’.

BTF went on the fishing expedition to bluntly accuse the High Court of putting them in financial ruin but failed to admit their faults and blamed the claimant for not trying to negotiate. These completely misleading public claims is said to make lay people think the court acted unfairly. The legally advised concerned activist claimed ‘they (BTF) continued to act arrogantly by not respecting the court and trying to manipulate the public about the court decision.’ The activist then snapped in aghast stating ‘it’s contempt of court’.

The very conduct could have resulted in sanctions being imposed by the Parliamentary Standards Commissioner on the APPG-T. On the part of BTF not revealing the legal failure and financial bankruptcy of the Tamil Forum UK Ltd F/A British Tamil Forum (BTF) to the MPs, constitutes serious breaches of trust and a failure in duty of candour.

The BTF also has an unsatisfied county court judgement and has failed to pay its contractors, including the coordinator of the APPG-T on a timely basis – often months in arrears. Its financial statements filed with Companies House for the year ending 31 December 2017 shows the net deficit of £136,382, confirming its bankrupt state and the very issue that should have paved the way for their removal from providing a secretariat service to the APPG-T. With the judgment around £70,000, the net liability will leap further up unless income is generated to pay the sum by the Court deadline.

In desperation, BTF went on to form another company BTF Tamil Forum UK Limited. The registration details in the companies House are: Company number 11829919 – Incorporated on 15 February 2019, 12 Helmet Row, London, United Kingdom, EC1V 3QJ. One wonders what the hurry was in forming another company soon after the High Court judgement against Tamil Forum UK Limited.

It is clearly an attempt to dump the burdening Tamils Forum UK Ltd with the official bankruptcy process or to simply apply for strike off to the Companies House to dishonour the payment of Court Order of approximately £70,000. The intention clearly is to continue using the trading name of British Tamil Forum with the new BTF Tamil Forum UK Limited. Whichever way, it is not easy for the BTF, as Tamils Forum UK Ltd does not have sufficient assets for disposal to pay the liquidators fee unless BTF fund privately.

In desperation, BTF hurriedly organised a fund raising musical concert on 2 March 2019 in association with little known ‘Light of Hope’ organisation, amidst widespread discontent and outcry.

Resolute Claimant Mrs Rohini Sivagurunathan

Controversial Tamils Forum UK Limited’s details: company number 07107934 – Incorporated on 17 December 2009 at Unit 1 Fountayne Business Centre, Broad Lane, London, N15 4AG. The official operational address of the BTF is that of the one and only resourceful Tamil Community Housing Association Ltd (TCHA) – a company registered under the Industrial Providence Society Act – enjoying the charitable status under the said Act. The regulated and non-political organisation has also facilitated the use of its premises as registered office for the political and bankrupt BTF to hold political meetings in its conference room.

Turning to the controversial arrangements of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Tamils, the secretariat service provided by BTF is said to be the provision of administrative service for the APPG-T, with staff paid by the BTF. Though a nominal sum of £1,500 – £3,000 has been declared as Benefits in Kind in the parliamentary register for the period covering 18 July 2018 to 17 July 2019, the indirect costs attributing to the management of the APPG-T Secretariat by the BTF is claimed to be far greater and claimed to be riddled with downright maladministration and a lack of accountability.

The attention of the MPs, who are members of the APPG-T, were drawn on manifold and ongoing breaches of parliamentary standards by the BTF. But judgement against the BTF in the Royal Court of Justice was the straw that led to the clamp down against the BTF.

BTF had the privilege to be the facilitator of providing the ‘Secretariat’ for the APPG-T for over a decade. APPG-T was seen as the mouthpiece of the BTF and on its part BTF prevented wider Tamil organisations having any influence on the APPG-T. This very arrangement constrained engagement of inclusive Tamil opinions with the APPG-T, as BTF and its affiliated cohorts resisted involvement of other Tamil groups that are anathema to its authority. Since the founding of the APPG-T under the chairmanship of Mr Keith Vass MP, there has been systematic alienation of incorporating wider Tamil views on issues affecting the Tamils in Sri Lanka and in the UK.

The left out organisations branded APPG-Tamils as APPG-British Tamil Forum due to APPG-T’s resistance to be inclusive. BTF is evolvement of former LTTE front British Tamil Association (BTA) and its representation of LTTE flag carrying members in the streets gives the bankrupt BTF to extend its will aggressively.

My personal experience in my attempts for interactive engagement with the APPG-T was frustrating – an experience vehemently resisted by the BTF and its cohorts and it was upheld by the successive Chairman’s of the APPG-T. Since APPG-T’s formation, I had meetings with three consecutive Chairman’s of the group. British parliament, claimed to be the beacon of democracy, failed to be the representative voice of wider democratic opinion as far as APPG-T is concerned.

The founder of the APPG-T Mr Keith Vass MP showed down right hostility towards groups other than the pro-LTTE fronts to engage with the parliamentary group. I went for an exhibition organised by the BTF in the parliament with the permission of the then Chairman Mr Virendra Sharma MP but I was not permitted to enter the exhibition room by the BTF and my protest to the founder of APPG-T Mr Keith Vass, was responded with harsh warning of legal consequences against me which I did not take lightly.

The predicament faced by the APPG-T at present is its compromising stand to exclusively choose the BTF and its cohorts and giving the responsibility to BTF to run its ‘Secretariat’. There are also allegations of back door dealing between the BTF and APPH-T.

It is alleged that APPG-T failed to make appropriate declarations as required by Parliamentary rules with regards to BTF using the parliamentary estate to raise funds; breaches of Health and Safety rules on the Parliamentary estate and among others found to have indulged in ‘unscrupulous conduct’ in the judgement.

These could have resulted in sanctions being imposed by the Parliamentary Standards Commissioner. Not revealing this to MPs constitutes a serious breach of trust.

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  • 9
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    we have villains in many forms.

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      Anpu

      Could you enlighten us with facts of this story, explaining each of the actor’s background, history, and the organisation mentioned in Rajasingham Jayadevan’s typing.

      Please summarise the above in few lines.

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        NV,
        I have asked BTF to respond to this article. Would they respond???

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          Anpu

          I have no idea.
          This is another example of self destructive exercise.

          Could you enlighten us with facts of this story, explaining each of the actor’s background, history, and the organisation mentioned in Rajasingham Jayadevan’s typing.

          Please summarise the above in few lines.

  • 9
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    What about you publishing your Eelapatheeswarar kovil account fully on Colombo Telegraph?

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      Anpu

      “What about you publishing your Eelapatheeswarar kovil account fully on Colombo Telegraph?”

      If it is his temple why would he publish details of his private enterprise/business in a public forum like this? How did LTTE tolerate individuals owning business concerns unless the proprietor was willing to pay a Kappang to the LTTE’s commission agents?
      Very confusing.

      • 4
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        Temple collects money from public.

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          Anpu

          “Temple collects money from public.”

          In return what does the public get from the Temple?

          • 7
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            NV,
            “In return what does the public get from the Temple?” I do not know. Some priests have many houses and nice cars.

          • 7
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            NV
            The foolish public only get deprived of coins and currency notes to make the temple trustee more enriched,that’s all.

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              Uthungan

              Don’t the women get solace from the priests?
              The men who seek genuine or sham repentance usually turn to god. I am not sure whether the god is protecting these crooks, I have no evidence to prove or disprove the claim.

              However, why do our crooked politicians go to specialist temples in India?

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                Sorry I should have mentioned this. This temple is also doing good charity work. http://nakkeran.com/index.php/2018/12/19/9421/

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                I don’t know about any instance of women getting solace, but had read a case about a temple priest trying to get solace from a woman who went to have her palm read, and him taking the opportunity after some days of familiarity to persuade her to feel his manliness and relief his tensions for which on her complaint he got deported after serving a short custodial sentence.

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            Come on Native, you know it – it is the ticket to heaven. Don’t you think the cost is fully worth the returns.

            Soma

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              somass

              Isn’t it similar to alms giving, giving meritorious ata-pirikara, which can be sold later to the same supplier and convert it into liquid cash, …………… then the merit it transferred …………….

  • 15
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    Lankan Tamils are as good as the rest in destroying them selves. They are considered worse only because majority are educated imbeciles. They are not only arrogant but egoistic. To make things worse , they are stupid in making fun at others. Can it be any worse.?????? Crabs in the boiling water is a very appropriate way , to describe these morons.

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      Cholan, I hope you are reading this.

      Cheers.

  • 3
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    The British Tamil Forum. This was one-of a Tamil, Group,which show that they do some thing to Srilankan Tamils who lived north and East, Iam not living -( U.K). But my father was old ( British/ Sinhala & Tamil ) Translater, last year father, Emanuval, was the Leder of ( G, T) and he was very good with, Minister -( Mangala.S) , later.Father -( Emanuval) had gone to Srilanka, so every one looks for their benefit, So, Mr, R:J, also show what he can do it, but my point, (Britain) want Srilankan Harbour ( Trinco) , so wait and see,

  • 9
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    For once, a decent Tamil writing under his own name and his photo. The resulting cacophony is entertaining and revealing. Keep them coming !!!

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      Eagle Blind Eye Birds Brain

      Do you think your man Rajasingham Jayadevan is one among Tamil diaspora has done a good job for and on behalf of you?

      My friend the old codger believes once he was an important LTTE operative in London. How come you are in love with him now?

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        NV,
        Thank you for this information “My friend the old codger believes once he was an important LTTE operative in London.” I did not know this.

      • 4
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        When did RJ leave LTTE? Did he leave with Karuna?

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          Anpu

          According to some of his earlier typing that I had access to, he was supposed to have been arrested by LTTE and kept in squalid conditions until some UK MPs intervened to get him released.

          In the meantime he was forced to transfer his temple to another LTTE supporter in the UK, a long story, sort of temple coups, love, marriage, family ties, ……….. question of loyalty and influence, …………………. A story that can be made into a popular Tamil TV Serial, the story could last for a year or more.

          However his brother late Rajasingham Narendran with whom I corresponded had a clean record.

          My head starts spinning.

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        NV,
        “My friend the old codger believes once he was an important LTTE operative in London”
        ????????????

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          Old codger

          I have a friend in London who is normally well informed about the going on in the UK, I call him old codger, however he does not know it.

          By the way you are my local old codger whom I respect for possessing honest opinion about matters under discussion. There are few still alive and kicking in this island.
          Spring Koha is another intellectually honest observer. By the way I suspect he has a Cuban girlfriend, maybe he has a platonic relationship with her.

  • 6
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    Cholan, can’t you find a way to blame the Sinhala Buddhists for this?
    Cheers.

  • 2
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    Rajasingham Jayadevan says here that “……..it was a decisive time for the APPG-T to say farewell to the BTF from providing its controversial ‘Secretariat’ service to the group”.
    This is wishful thinking from a nobody.
    Did an obscure Lord inspire the title “British Tamil Forum Booted”?

  • 4
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    oh dear ….perhpas now is the time for “Non Resident Tamils of Sri Lanka” fill in the boots of booted BTF?

    Non Resident Tamils of Sri Lanka — have been trying for a long time to capture the lime light ..

  • 7
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    The BTF booted? YAAAAAYYYYYYYY!!!!! Thanks Mr. Jayadevan!

  • 2
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    “….The ground breaking ruling against the BTF ….”

    ground breaking? wow

    Rajasingham Jeyadevan’s “earth shattering” revelation

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    I am not a fan of BTF …….

    but ….who is Rohini Sivagurunathan?

    is she the authors inner circle?

    This is an extract form the statement of BTF….” It is with extreme sadness and total dismay, that British Tamils Forum (BTF) has to report of a court judgement which has resulted in a large sum being awarded in favour of a member who made a claim using the Equality Act 2010. The British Tamils Forum faces huge financial liability by way of legal costs and awards “for injury to feelings and aggravated damages”.

    full statement of BTF here

    google A POSITION STATEMENT ON MRS. ROHINI SIVAGURUNATHAN VS TAMILS FORUM UK LTD (A.K.A. BRITISH TAMILS FORUM)

    http://www.britishtamilsforum.org/a-position-statement-on-mrs-rohini-sivagurunathan-vs-tamils-forum-uk-ltd-a-k-a-british-tamils-forum/

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      Rajash

      Thanks for the link.
      I always believed and continue to believe Sinhalese and their Tamil brethren do not need enemies. They are restassured they are the enemies respectively.

      Once a Tamil told me
      “Oh God save me from myself for I can defend myself from my enemies.”
      And our Sinhalese friend agreed with him.

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        Native you mean
        ” oh God save me form my friends for I can defend myself from my enemies”

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          Rajash

          My friend’s version:
          “Oh God save me from myself for I can defend myself from my enemies.”

          He described the true nature of Tamil mind and behaviour.
          My Sinhalese friend also believes that is the true nature of Sinhalese mind and behaviour”

          In rare agreement both believe that these two people are self destructive, speed up to hit the bottom.

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      She is Jeyadevans crumpet

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    Rajasingham Jeyadevan ….”My personal experience in my attempts for interactive engagement with the APPG-T was frustrating…”

    oh dear how dare APPG-T treat you like this …after all you are god

    but your articel suggest that APPG=T has booted out BTF…so what is your issue

  • 7
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    Hard to see how these diaspora groups/individuals (including GTF, ATC, CTC, TYO, etc) aligned to western interests will do any good for the Tamil struggle. They are becoming more irrelevant – better they are booted out. It is time for younger generations and grass roots to take the Tamil struggle forward, both in and out of Sri Lanka.

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    Rajasingham Jaydevan is entertaing Sinhalease politicians , Sri Lankan High Commisioner, Cooray…

    This is what he wrote after meeting Ranil in 2014 “Those who met Ranil had engaged with President Mahinda Rajapakse, former President Chandrika Kumaratunge, and many other leaders of the Sri Lankan polity. The meeting we had did not reflect any sectarian discussions and issues of progressive decay in the governance and being the Opposition Leader, he very well articulated the need to redeem Sri Lanka from its gloom”

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    Jeyadevan

    It is booted (BTF) -vs- Looted( The Temple) . It is a bit rich coming from you . Glory days are yet to dawn on Tamils.

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      Praba

      How come a person who owns a business loot from it.
      Whatever the proprietor takes from the business is “Drawings”.

      Assuming he looted the temple, what has it got to do with you?
      Are you also concerned about other proprietors’ “Drawings” who are in business?
      I believe there are state authorities in the UK which monitors all those activities carried out by Temples and businesses. Leave the worrying to them.

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        Native

        Are you drunk

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          praba

          No, Aren’t you?

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      Dear Prba

      The glory days yet to dawn on Tamils of Sri Lanka??

      No organisations is allowed to discuss/use the Word Tamil or representation of people for all they do….applies to TULF/TNA/LTTE/TELP/PLOTE/EPRLF……….Global Tamil Forum…….an many more to come.

      If these guys feel anything for Tamil speaking people of Sri Lanka they will remove the word Tamil from their business enterprises now the folly has asset stripped/body snatched/and all other belongs of Tamils systematically since 1970….the glory days are over indeed………unless otherwise as part of the war crime investigation of every killing in Jaffna by this TULF/GOI trained children is brought to account since 1970.

      All what has happened to our life is a prove there is no god?? or is it???

      After this we will look into GOSL war crimes.

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