A Magistrate’s Court has for the second time issued a warrant of arrest against an Indian businessman, Hirji Ramji Patel alias Harish Daria, who was charged with extortion, possession of an illegal firearm and attempting to extort Sh10 million from another trader.
Senior Principal Magistrate Kennedy Cheruiyot has also ordered the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) to arrest other suspects, including the chairman of the Shree Cutchi Gujarati Hindu Union (SCGHU) Meghji Patel, Ashok Rupshi Shah, Nilesh Bhavsharu and Mukesh Salva, alongside Mr Patel.
Patel was last year arrested by Parklands DCI detectives after he was found allegedly impersonating police officers.
In October 2020, the court also issued the arrest warrant against Patel for failing to attend court but the warrant has not been effected upto date.
The businessman had been accused of attempting to extort Sh10 million from Parshkumar Keshavji Dodhia as a pre-condition to help settle a case that had been reported at Parklands police station.
The complainant, Dodhia through his lawyer, Wanyanga and Company Advocates, told the court that despite having raised a complaint against the accused together with the four, they were yet to be arrested.
One of the suspects to be arrested, Meghji Patel and the chairman of the SCGHU, had on July 21, 2018 written to the Inspector-General of Police claiming that Dodhia had threatened his sister-in-law, Dimple Sumaria, with a firearm.
A complaint had earlier been reported at Parklands police station, Occurrence Book (OB) number 83/17/7/2018 by Ms Sumaria.
The SCGHU had also on behalf of Sumaria made several reports of threats at the station which they claimed Parklands police station refused to investigate.
The OB numbers are; 38/19/7/2018, 41/19/7/2018, 22/27/7/2018 and 54/19/7/2018.