Tribunal overturns decision to deport sex creep taxi driver Jagdeep Singh again

ADMINISTRATIVE Appeals Tribunal boss John Logan has thwarted Immigration Minister Peter Dutton by again saving sex creep Jagdeep Singh from deportation — but the battle is not over.

The AAT acting president has overturned a ministerial decision to kick the taxi driver out of Australia.

Justice Logan granted Singh a bridging visa last ­Friday.

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But Mr Dutton showed he wasn’t prepared to accept that, and a delegate for the minister has since cancelled the visa Justice Logan gave to Singh.

The Herald Sun understands Singh is now back in detention awaiting deportation.

This bizarre to-ing and fro-ing over Singh is evidence of a serious gulf between the AAT and Mr Dutton.

The Herald Sun last month revealed a delegate for Mr Dutton first cancelled Indian-born Singh’s visa in September last year after the taxi driver pleaded guilty to indecently assaulting a female passenger.

Senior AAT member Miriam Holmes overturned that decision and allowed Singh to remain in Australia.

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She did so despite making a formal finding that Singh committed “a significant sexual offence involving a vulnerable member of the public whilst the applicant was engaged as a taxi driver”.

That prompted Mr Dutton to flex his muscles.

He used his power to personally overrule the AAT and order that Singh be sent back to India. The Herald Sun revealed on May 31 that Australian Border Force officers had grabbed Singh at his Lalor home and put him in detention prior to him being deported.

As the Herald Sun reveals today, Justice Logan referred to Mr Dutton’s personal involvement in the Singh case in his decision to grant Singh a visa — a decision challenged yet again by Mr Dutton.

Justice Logan stressed the need for AAT members not to be swayed by comments made by ministers or their delegates.

“Certain features of the conduct of the minister’s department in relation to this review cannot pass unremarked,” he said in his written decision.

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“Any member who allowed himself or herself to be ­persuaded as to an outcome by partisan or political rhetoric by a minister, or any other administrator, or the popular press, would be unworthy of the trust and confidence placed in him or her.

“For those members who do not enjoy the same security of tenure as judges, that may call at times for singular moral courage and depth of ­character.”

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