The Home Office has admitted that it unlawfully detained an Indian man for three months under immigration powers, separating him from his young daughter.
The father has been awarded £40,000 damages for “false imprisonment” and “disruption” to contact with the child, a Lithuanian national who is now four.
The Home Office will also pay the child £10,000 damages and the family’s legal costs will be met.
Without legal intervention, the child could have been placed for adoption.
Stephanie Harrison, QC, for the man known only as AJS, told the High Court the case pointed to “systemic failures” on the part of the Home Office.