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GIS men used cement blocks to break into Ashok's residence before deporting him-PA

Written by  Mar 13, 2018
Personal assistant to Ashok Sivaram, the Indian businessman who has been deported for the second time by the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS). has taken a swipe at the firm following the ‘rambo’ style used in deporting his boss. Speaking on Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, George Otinpong Dankwa, said there is uneasiness at the Jai Mai Communications Limited located at Lartebiokorshie due to the deportation of the Indian businessman. He revealed on the show that the officers from the Immigration Service broke into the residence of the businessman and whisked him away. The second deportation came after the Supreme Court quashed an order by the High Court to the GIS to restore the residence permit of the businessman. According to the Justices of the Supreme Court, the High Court judge erred in granting the order that compelled the Immigration Service to provide the permit. They also indicated that the judge exceeded her jurisdiction. M. Darkwa said the GIS used cement blocks to break into the residence of Ashok Sivaram. He said there is currently no direction at the company because the man has been deported. Meanwhile, workers of his company on Monday staged a demonstration, protesting the deportation. According to them, this could lead to job losses; a situation they fear will impact on them negatively. Stressing on this point, Mr. George Dankwa said Ashok doubles as the senior marketing officer and his absence would have a serious implications on the company. Background The GIS, following an order by the Interior Ministry in June 2017, deported Mr. Sivaram on the premise that he had forged his marriage certificate in an application for citizenship, which led his lawyer to contest his deportation by seeking judicial review. The High Court, which first heard the case, upheld the businessman’s application and quashed his deportation order on July 31 on the grounds that the Interior Minister exceeded his jurisdiction. The applicant, after the failure of the GIS to comply with the first order, sought an order from the court in September the same year to compel them to comply with the first order. The High Court once again ordered the GIS to restore the Residence and Work Permit of Mr. Sivaram within seven days, and also ordered the GIS’s assigns, agents and servants to desist from harassing him until his application before the Service was duly processed. The GIS, represented by the Attorney General’s office, after the second case, filed a stay of proceedings at the High Court which was subsequently dismissed. They went ahead to appeal the ruling in the Court of Appeal which was also dismissed leading them to the Supreme Court.

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