Deportation of a dentist. “He had no choice. He was basically held a hostage there.” Derrick said.

Deporation of a dentist | Kimerer & Derrick
“He had no choice. He was basically held a hostage there,” Derrick said. He said  Dr. Govan finally got a break in August of 2015 when the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the ICE decisions that prompted his deportation.
Dr. Ilangovan Govindarajan has returned from his native India to attempt to rebuild his life and resume his medical practice in Kingman. Commonly known as Dr. Govan, the internist’s career took a turn for the worse in early 2008 when more than a dozen female health care workers and patients accused him of groping them.
Dr. Govan and his lawyers eventually accepted a plea agreement that they believed would allow him to continue his medical practice while working through the logistics of a six month county jail sentence and other terms of probation. It was when he began that county jail sentence in the fall of 2009 that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) placed him in federal custody.
His attorney Clark Derrick said ICE incorrectly determined that the assault convictions were crimes involving “moral turpitude”. Accordingly, D. Govan was detained in federal custody for 22 months before he was deported to his homeland of India.
“He had no choice. He was basically held a hostage there,” Derrick said. He said  Dr. Govan finally got a break in August of 2015 when the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the ICE decisions that prompted his deportation.
Dr. Govan, now 52, has re-entered the United States and has cleared up legal matters in an effort to get back into business.
 “He’s hoping in three or four months to get readmitted and have his license restored. It wasn’t like it was taken away, it was just that so much time lapsed that he lost his privilege,” Derrick said. “He also lost his green card. He had to get his green card and it was a trick just getting him back into the United States.”
Derrick said Dr. Govan has endured financial devastation and heart disease during his legal ordeal.
“It’s been a nightmare for him, an absolute nightmare,” Derrick said. “I think he has quite a lot of loyal patients there in Kingman still, or people who are still supportive of him.”

Posted on December 26, 2016 in Legal Resources

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