No5 Chambers attorney defends in false immigration claim case

No5 Chambers’ Mark Kelly has acted for the defence in the case of Gurdev Nagra, who has been spared jail after pleading guilty to two charges of assisting unlawful immigration and one charge of providing unlicensed immigration services.

Nagra and her late husband, Duman Singh, filled in more than 280 false applications in less than three years, which purported to show applicants had been living in the UK for 14 years, which is the minimum length of time needed to grant permission to remain on residential qualifications.

The couple were arrested in September 2010 after the Home Office noted a large number of applicants using the same address, which was where the couple lived in Wolverhampton. 

Kelly, defending Nagra, said: ‘She was instructed by her husband on what to do and took no proactive steps whatsoever.’

She had a previous good character and was given a 12-month jail sentence suspended for two years.