Shock news as one of Sheldon’s popular curry venue loses liquor license

Top Indian restaurant has its alcohol licence stripped permanently after employing illegal immigrants… and its famous diners include Home Secretary Sajid Javid

  • Jilabi, in Sheldon, Birmingham, has had its alcohol licence permanently stripped
  • Sajid Javid was pictured at restaurant last year and had a curry named after him
  • Three men from Bangladesh were found to be working illegally at the restaurant 

An Indian restaurant, where Sajid Javid has been pictured eating, has had its alcohol licence stripped after it was found to employ illegal immigrants.  

Jilabi, in Sheldon, Birmingham, had its alcohol licence permanently stripped after police searched the premises last month and arrested three men from Bangladesh. 

Facebook posts show the Home Secretary, who is MP for Bromsgrove, photographed at the restaurant last year.

The venue also reportedly renamed one of its curries Sajids Railway Lamb in honour of his visit.

Five men tried to run out the back door when police, Home Office and immigration officials searched the restaurant on November 23, reports Birmingham Live

Three of the men, who were all from Bangladesh, were arrested with one of them having been an illegal immigrant since 2010.  

Police also found that staff training wasn’t up to standard and that there wasn’t any CCTV, which was a further breach of Jilabi’s licence. 

The restaurant, which was nominated in the English Curry Awards, had its licence suspended on December 7 before the decision to remove it was made this week.

In August the Home Secretary visited the Indian restaurant and pictures were shared on Facebook.

The restaurant wrote: ‘So we had the honor of having the Home Secretary of United Kingdom Sajid Javid pass through yesterday evening, enjoying the Railway Lamb Curry with his family. We have now renamed it Sajid’s Railway Lamb’ 

Other famous faces who have visited the Indian restaurant include Midsomer Murders actor Jason Hughes, who paid a visit in October. 

BirminghamLive reports that the restaurant expanded into a former Chinese restaurant next door in 2014 but kept two licences.

Abdul Rouf, one of the joint licence holders, claimed two of the immigrants started a trial period the day before the raid.

He said that he hadn’t checked their paperwork as he had taken a day off at short notice.

He also said that the third man had been working at Jilabi for around two weeks and they had only seen his driving licence.

Since the inspection Mr Rouf said he had hired an administrator to help with paperwork and had installed CCTV.

He said: ‘I’m responsible for everything that went on and going forward I have taken on board our mistakes.’  



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