Indian businessman petitions Akufo-Addo over 'harassment' by Interior Minister

The Indian has accused the Interior Minister, Ambrose Dery, Director/Comptroller of the Immigration Service, and Deputy Comptroller General in-charge of Operations of conspiring to illegally deport him and take over his company.

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Ashok Kumar Sivaram in the said petition accused the Interior Minister, Ambrose Dery, Director/Comptroller of the Immigration Service, Kwame Takyi and Deputy Comptroller General in-charge of Operations, Laud Afrifa of conspiring to illegally deport him and take over his company.

According to him, officials of the Ghana Immigration Service are constantly harassing him, and he feels that their intention is to transfer his interest in his company Jai Mai Communications Limited, to his business partner.

“Mr. President, the action of the respondents is a deliberate ploy to render my status in the country without a valid permit in order to easily facilitate my removal from the jurisdiction. This action by the respondents is also a clear attempt to undermine the order for valuation of the company the by high court dated 5th May, 2017. Mr. President, I implore you as the father of the nation to graciously step in to resolve the matters raised in my petition. I shall forever be grateful to you for your prompt action on this matter,” he said in the petition.

An Accra High Court last month declared as illegal the Interior Minister’s decision to deport the Indian businessman in June 2017 over alleged fraud and other offences.

According to the court, presided by Kwaku Ackah Boafo, the Minister erred in his action and he also refused to give a fair hearing to the businessman.

Ashok Kumar Sivaram was deported on June 1, 2017, following a directive issued to the Ghana Immigration Service by the Interior minister Ambrose Derry.

This came on the back of claims that he obtained a fake marriage certificate to enable his stay in Ghana.

But Ashok Kumar Sivaram who had lived in Ghana for almost a decade denied those claims.

“Mr. President, whilst the respondents are failing to conduct their statutory work, they keep sending Immigration Officials after me ostensibly to arrest and repatriate me so to lock my huge investments in Ghana in order to aid my business partner to take over my business interest. Mr. President the respondents are refusing to restore my residence/work permit even though the deportation order based on which my residence/work permit was cancelled by them has been quashed by the High Court in a ruling delivered on 31st July 2017.”

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