Court orders release of Indian businessman

The Accra High Court, yesterday ordered the release of an Indian businessman, Ashok Kumar Sivaram, who has been detained by the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) for travelling to Ghana without a visa.
Presiding Judge, Justice Kwaku Tawiah Ackaah-Boafo, said the GIS could not justify the detention of the Indian, hence the order to release Mr. Siravam, who was deported on June 1, 2017, for forging a marriage certificate to acquire Ghanaian citizenship.
Justice Ackaah-Boafo further asked the GIS to retain the passport of Siravam, and allow him to regularise his stay in the country.
“Consequently, pursuant to Order 56(4), the Ghana Immigration Service should retain his passport, and he shall appear before any designated officer of the service on August 8. And if there is no justification for his continued reporting to the Immigration, his passport should be released to him, and he should be given the opportunity like any other person to apply and regularise his stay,” the court ordered.
The court heard that the Indian businessman was detained by personnel of the GIS on August 2, as arrangements were made to deport him to India.
Mr. Siravam’s lawyer, Gary Nimako, filed an application at the High Court to prevent the deportation of his client, arguing that his client was wrongfully detained.
The court, in an earlier ruling on July 31, indicated that the GIS had no authority to deport Siravam as the Deportation Act had been quashed.
The judge described the action of the service as a breach of the orders of this court, adding that Ghana is a country governed by laws.
“I am of the candid view that there is no valid reason for the continued detention of the applicant (Siravam). The intention was apparently to undermine the orders of the court and that should not be entertained,” he said.
He said the history of the case indicated that the businessman was operating valid business in Ghana, and had employed Ghanaians, and, therefore, his right ought to be protected like any other person.

By Malik Sullemana& Alberta Bissue 

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