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Trainee garda fails in turban legal bid

A SIKH has failed in a legal challenge to a refusal to allow him wear a turban after completing his training for the Garda Reserve.

Ravinder Singh Oberoi was told he would have to wear a garda hat with his uniform and not be allowed to wear a turban.

He claimed in a High Court challenge against the Garda Commissioner that as a result he was unable to continue his training and become a member of the reserve.

The Garda Commissioner argued that the Equality Acts do not apply to members of the Garda Reserve as they are not "employees" within the meaning of the Acts and are volunteers without contracts of employment.

Yesterday, Mr Justice Kevin Feeney agreed a member of the reserve is not an employee.

Under law, members of the Garda Reserve were volunteers and did not have a contract of employment.