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Goa police issues warrant against German national

india Updated: Sep 27, 2009 13:30 IST

A 73-year-old German national, against whom a non-bailable warrant in a case related to illegal cutting of trees was issued by Goa police, has been denied visa, his lawyer said.

Ingo Grill, a businessman who pioneered the concept of Saturday night bazaar in Goa's coastal village of Arpora, has applied for the visa in the Indian consulate.

Grill's lawyer Vikram Varma said the Indian government has consistently refused him the visa even as he is wanted in Panaji in the case of illegal cutting of trees.

The state government had filed a case for the illegal cutting of a tree by some local persons, Varma said.

Even though this act was done without the knowledge of Grill and at a time when he was not even present in this country, he was made a co-accused, Varma said.

His presence is required by the Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMFC) court in Mapusa to defend himself and a non-bailable warrant has been issued in his name by Calangute police station, he added.

The businessman who has spent 27 years of his life in Goa had a bitter legal fight with the Goa government after deportation orders were served on him.

Grill won the case against the government in the Goa bench of Bombay High Court, which had ruled that the state had no grounds to deport him.