SUDHIR TAKES NEW BOU LAWYERS TO COURT
City property mogul Sudhir Ruparelia has sued Sebalu & Lule advocates, the recently contracted external lawyers for Bank of Uganda (BoU), for alleged conflict of interest arising out of one of the court cases where the law firm is representing dfcu Bank.
The petitioner, Crane Management Services owned by Mr Ruparelia, contends that there exists an advocate-client relationship with the lawyers of Sebalu & Lule Advocates yet the same law firm is representing an opposing party against them in another court matter.
Mr Ruparelia was also owner of the closed Crane Bank which the central bank sold to dfcu Bank.
In view of the advocate-client relationship between the applicant (Crane Management Services Ltd) and the 1st respondent (Sebalu & Lule advocates), the latters continued participation as defence counsel for the 2nd respondent (Dfcu bank) herein, which is the defendant in High Court Civil Suit (HCCS) No. 109/2018 against the applicant/plaintiff, is prejudicial to the applicants head suit, the petition reads in part.
The suit was filed at the Commercial Court on Tuesday.
Crane Management Services further contends that the advocate-client relationship through which vital and confidential information was discussed and exchanged between the two parties and their continued defence of dfcu bank would be prejudicial to them.
petitioner now wants the court to issue a permanent injunction, restraining Sebalu & Lule Advocates from appearing as defence counsel for dfcu bank in the other court case that the two principals are battling out.
Early this year Mr Ruparelia also sued two law firms MMAKS Advocates and J.F. Mpanga Advocates, who had been hired by Bank of Uganda to represent the central bank in the case against Crane Bank. He sued the law firms for conflict of interest and court disqualified them from representing BoU.
The original matter involves Crane Management Services suing dfcu bank over rental arrears amounting to Shs2.9b and $385,728.54.
The rental arrears allegedly being in respect of tenancies of suit properties that were formally owned by Crane Bank, which has since been sold to dfcu bank by Bank of Uganda.
The suit documents further say that Crane Management Services had let out various premises on the suit property to the then Crane Bank from where it operated its business in the premises on the terms agreed by the parties.
Crane Management Services principally deals in real estate business. The suit documents further indicate that when Dfcu bank took over the assets and liabilities of Crane Bank, it also took over occupation and use of the said rented properties from which the real estate company wants to recover accumulated rent arrears from Dfcu bank.
Some of the properties cited include; Crane Bank branches at plot 9 on Market Street, plot 1-13, Jinja Road, plot 47, Republic Road-Mbale, Speke Hotel (1996), Pot 19 Cooper Road (Crane Plaza), plot 20, Kampala Road Crane Bank ATM.
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