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Kensalt director sues to block police probe over disputed land

Inspector- General of Police Joseph Boinnet. FILE PHOTO | NMG
Inspector- General of Police Joseph Boinnet. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

Businessman Mansukhlal Shantilal Patel, who is also a director of Kensalt Limited and Supplies & Services Limited, has moved to court seeking to block the police from investigating him over a disputed parcel of land in Nairobi’s Industrial Area.

Mr Patel is seeking orders to block the Inspector General of Police, the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Director of Criminal Investigations from investigating him over the disputed parcel of land or impounding documents relating to the land.

He rushed to court after the DCI, through Abdallah Komesha summoned him on April 4 to report to the CID headquarters on Kiambu Road with documents of ownership of the land. This was after Gorvas Limited complained that part of its land had been encroached on.

But instead of reporting to the DCI as directed, Mr Patel through his companies wrote back stating that investigating the matter was sub-judice because a dispute was pending in court.

“In the circumstances, we are of the opinion that your investigations are not merited and parties should be advised to pursue their respective claims before the Land and Environment Court,” he wrote back through advocate Boniface Masinde.

But Mr Komesha wrote back to them saying that investigations into the matter has stalled since 2012 partly due to non-availability of the directors of the land to record statements and provide copies of ownership and documents in their possession.

Mr Komesha rescheduled the summons to May 2 at 10 am in order to record statements from the director, but Mr Patel instructed his lawyer to file the case, blocking the summons.

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