Businessman Mukesh files his defense against court case with Katatumba family

Businessman Mukesh files his defense against court case with Katatumba family
Mukesh Shukla giving his defense in court

Businessman Mukesh Shukla Babubhai o Thursday appeared before Buganda Road Court grade one magistrate Marion Mangeni to file his defense in connection with a case the family of the late Bonny Katatumba opened against him accusing him of alleged document forgery to handover Hotel Diplomat in Muyenga.

The prosecution contends that Shumuk and others still at large on or about April 17, 2015, in Kampala District, with intent to defraud or deceive forged a letter for the official handover of Hotel Diplomate in Muyenga a Kampala suburb purporting to have been signed by the deceased Katatumba.

The magistrate has adjourned the case until January 24th, for further defense hearing.

The businessman proceeding with his defence in which he told court that the Commercial Division of the High Court had ruled that he is the true owner of the disputed Hotel Diplomat in Muyenga.

“I have been in possession of the property since 2008. There is a Commercial Court judgment to show this,” Mukesh told court in his defence.

He also noted that Angella Katatumba and  Rugirwa Katatumba owed him money totaling to shs925 million that accrued for sleeping in two rooms at Hotel Diplomat that they had not paid.

However, when the trial magistrate reminded him that he was supposed to defend himself in regards the case of forgery and uttering false documents, Mukesh insisted that the said property belongs to him.

Asked to present documents including the Commercial Court judgement that he had earlier referred to, Mukesh said he didn’t have them with him.