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DPP has lost police file in Shumuk tycoon case, court told

FRAUD | The Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) has lost a police file in the case of city businessman, Shukla Babubhai Mukesh, popularly known as Shumuk.

Prosecutor Miriam Njuki told Buganda Road Court Grade One Magistrate Stella Amabilis Monday that since she has no police file, she couldn’t tell how far Police had gone with inquiries and subsequently asked for an adjournment.

This left Amabilis with no option but to adjourn the case to December 14, ordering that the file be brought to court on that day, without fail.

Mukesh, better known as Shumuk, is the executive director of Shumuk Aluminium Industries Limited is battling 13 counts ranging from forgery, uttering false documents and conspiracy to commit a felony.

Prosecution contends that Mukesh and others still at large on or about April 17, 2015, in Kampala District, with intent to defraud or deceive forged a letter for official hand over of Hotel Diplomate in Muyenga, a Kampala suburb.

The latter is alleged to have been signed by the deceased Consular of Pakistan Islamic Republic in Uganda Bonny Katatumba.

It is alleged that the accused forged signatures of Anne Grace Katatumba, Angella Katatumba, Rugirwa Katatumba, Ian Katatumba and ASP George William Karyegira.

Prosecution further states that Mukesh and others still at large in November 6, 2017, in Makindye Chief Magistrate’s Court in Kampala, uttered six false documents as purported official handover letters of Hotel Diplomate.

On the count of conspiracy to commit the offence, it is alleged that in April 2015, in Kampala business centre, Mukesh conspired to commit forgery and uttering false documents for official handover of Hotel Diplomate.

This is not the first time Mukesh name is mentioned in property wrangle cases with the Katutumba family.

In 2016, Mukesh sued three traders over impersonating Chief Justice Bart Katureebe and defrauding him of $125,000 (about Shs419 milliob).

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