Justice Paul Gadenya has become the third judge, in a space of one month, to take on the a case of conflict of interest filed by city property mogul Sudhir Ruparelia against Law firm Sebalu and Lule Advocates.
Early this month, Commercial Court Head Judge Justice David Wangutusi sent back the case to Justice Jane Alividza ‘to finish what she had started’. However Alividza also declined to hear it.
“The file has been allocated to Justice Gadenya. However, he has not allocated it a hearing date because he is away in the field,” Solomon Muyita, the Judiciary senior communications officer, told a local daily on Wednesday.
Adding, “Initially, the case was allocated to Justice Alividza but she felt that it would be better if it was handled by Justice Wangutusi, since he was handling similar matters.”
In his suit, Mr Ruparelia demands that a permanent injunction be put on the law firm, banning it from appearing before the court as a representative for dfcu bank, and the other court cases that Crane Management Services and dfcu are engaged in.
He says Sebalu and Lule Advocates were unfit to represent Bank of Uganda (BoU) and dfcu bank because they once represented Crane Management Services which owned Crane Bank in several court cases.
The case has been before court since November, 2018.