By Watchdog reporter

Justice David Wangutusi of the Commercial Court in Kampala has on Wednesday set 14 November, 2017 as the date for delivering a ruling in a case where prominent businessman Sudhir Ruparelia wants court to remove Bank of Uganda Lawyers David Mpanga of AF Mpanga and Timothy Masembe Kanyerezi of MMAKS from the legal battle citing conflict of interest.

Represented by six counsels from Kampala Associated Advocates during the case hearing, Sudhir told court that on several occasions, companies in which he was a shareholder gave instructions to AF Mpanga and MMAKs Advocates and sought legal assistance from them.

Sudhir further told court, that the two firms know all the secrets of the company they are working against and that letting them represent the Central Bank will prejudice the case.

He also requested court to task lawyers Mpanga and Masembe to appear in this case as witnesses because they know more about the operations of Crane Bank.

In response Counsel Masembe argued that his firm never represented Sudhir as an individual but his companies.

He added that Sudhir’s claims that MMAKS acted on his behalf while purchasing plots in Kawempe has nothing to do with this case which entails extraction of huge sums of money from Crane Bank.

Meanwhile, Mpanga asked Court maintain them as Crane Bank lawyers saying that there is no evidence adduced by Sudhir to show that they have in any way breached their professional code of conduct.

Recently, BoU dragged Sudhir and his Meera Investment Limited to court for allegedly siphoning shs400 billion from Crane Bank.

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