Businessman loses battle to stay in UK

A RESPECTED Indian businessman who has set up home in west Suffolk could be deported within days.Sajjadur Chowdhury has been told he has lost his six-year court battle to remain in England where his young daughter lives.

A PROMINENT Asian businessman has won a temporary stay of execution against a deportation notice issued by the Home Office - just days before he was due to be thrown out of the country.

Sajjadur Chowdhury spoke of his joy after his legal team worked round the clock to earn him a reprieve and keep him in Sudbury.

He is now facing a fresh legal fight next month following a six-year battle to remain in England where his young daughter lives and where he has worked and lived for eight years.

Mr Chowdhury, who runs North Street Newsagents and Phalki Restaurant in the town, told the EADT: “

“It is completely unfair and it seems as if the Government is picking on the wrong person. This issue has been hanging over my head for six years and it has been heartbreaking for me. I have had so much support within the town and, no matter what, I would just like to thank everyone.”

Mr Chowdhury, 35, known to locals as Sam, was ordered to report to Heathrow Airport tomorrow where he would be flown back to his native Bangladesh.

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But his solicitor, Moynul Islam, confirmed that Mr Chowdhury had been granted a reprieve while his legal team go through another legal challenge in four weeks.

Mr Islam said: “Because we have received notification of this new hearing and it is in place, the Home Office has no choice but to defer the deportation notice.”

The latest twist comes after countless immigration appeals and judicial reviews since Home Office chiefs took his passport away following the break-up of his marriage six years ago.

His campaign, backed by more than 4,000 customers and friends signing petitions, drew support from Lord Phillips of Sudbury and south Suffolk MP Tim Yeo.

In a letter to Home Office minister Liam Byrne, Mr Yeo said: “As you are aware, there is immense support for Mr Chowdhury's request to remain in this country and your officials' decision that he should be deported has been met with utter disbelief.

“I am not satisfied that my representations on behalf of my constituent have been given the attention they merit.”

A Home Office spokesman said they were unable to comment on individual cases.

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