A doctor sacked after being jailed for indecently assaulting a female colleague has claimed unfair dismissal and racial discrimination
Dr Tapash Saha, 45, a former gynaecologist at Dumfries Infirmary, was jailed for nine months in 2004.
However, the General Medical Council ruled in January this year that he could return to work.
He was then sacked by NHS Dumfries and Galloway and has now claimed unfair dismissal at an employment tribunal.
Dr Saha told the tribunal in Glasgow he discovered several months after his sacking that two other medics who had criminal convictions had been allowed back to work for the health trust.
"There are two cases where two persons from Caucasian backgrounds following their custodial sentences have been taken back into their positions," he said.
"I served four-and-a-half months in custody which is probably much less than they served and I was dismissed."
Dr Saha added that throughout his trial he had maintained his innocence.
He wants the tribunal to order his reinstatement.
The tribunal granted a restricted reporting order preventing identification of the victim and several witnesses involved in the case but confirmed it did not include Dr Saha.
He was convicted in November 2004 of indecent assault at a hospital in England in August 2002 and jailed for nine months.
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