Khurshid DrabuKhurshid Drabu CBE

Khurshid Drabu is a Senior Immigration Judge at the Asylum & Immigration Tribunal (since 2004) and Legal Member, Special Immigration Appeals Commission (since 2001). He has served as Deputy Director, UK Immigrants Advisory Service, London 1984 -1990), Deputy Legal Director and Head of Litigation & Complaints, Commission for Racial Equality (1990-1996), President (part-time) Mental Health Review Tribunal (1988-1998), Special Adjudicator, Immigration Appeals (1996-2000) and Vice President, Immigration Appeals Tribunal (2000-2004).

He is a founder trustee of the Kashmir Medical Relief Trust (a registered charity) and has been chairman of the Kashmiri Association of Great Britain (1997 to 2005) and Art Asia, Southampton (1998 – 2002). He has been a legal and constitutional advisor to the Muslim Council of Britain since its inauguration in 1997 and is Honorary Advisor to the Ministry of Defence on Islamic Affairs (since 2001). He is also convenor of the MCB’s Board of Counsellors. He has served as the body’s election commissioner from the outset. He was recipient of the Good Citizenship Alija Izetbegovic Award at the Muslim News Awards for Excellence ceremony in 2007.

Khrushid Drabu was born in Srinagar, Kashmir in 1946 and obtained his Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Political Science from the University of Jammu & Kashmir in 1967. He obtained a First Class First award (gold medallist) in an LLB degree from Aligarh Muslim University in India in 1969. He has been settled in the United Kingdom in 1971 and is married to Dr Reefat Drabu. He was called to the Bar in 1977.

He has played first class level cricket in India, making his debut at 17. He was also one of the country’s youngest captains at that level, leading the J&K Ranji Trophy Team 1969-70.