By Fred Kiva
KAMPALA. City Businessman Mukesh Shukla also known as Shumuk is in court today following his arrest for allegedly forging Chief Justice Bart Katureebe’s signature on documents to grab late Bonny Katatumba’s Property.
Shumuk was arrested on Monday and detained at Jinja Road Police Station, pending court appearance at Buganda Road Court.
Information obtained from Police indicate that Mukesh faces charges of forgery, reference CID HQ GEF1089/2017, threatening violence and stealing land titles, reference CID HQ LPPU GEF 189/2017.
Before his arrest, High court judge Wilson Masalu Musene had been trying suspects accused of dealing with Shumuk to forge Chief Justice Bart Katureebe’s signature.
Prosecution alleges that Joseph Nabasa, Martin Matovu, and Saleh Luzinda with others still at large on April 16, 2015 obtained over Shs437m from Mukesh Shukla, the Executive Director of Shumuk Group of Companies, falsely pretending to have been sent by the Chief Justice.
It is also alleged in the same period that the accused, knowingly and fraudulently uttered a false document dated April 16, 2015 reference CJ/Misc 28 directing the official hand over of Hotel Diplomat to Mukesh Shukla.
The accused are also under fire for reportedly forging a letter dated November 11, 2015 with reference 3H/INV/11/13 purporting to have been issued from State House to Shukla of Shumuk group of companies by Mary Amajo, the then Principal Private Secretary to the President.
A row between the late Katatumba and Mukesh Shukla dates back to 2008 when Katatumba dragged the businessman to court for altering the sales agreement for Blacklines House and lowering the price without any justifiable reason.
Katatumba, a prominent city businessman and Honorary Consul of Pakistan in Uganda died early last year.