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One of the reasons that led to the removal of High Court judge Joseph Mutava was his ruling¬†in the¬†Goldenberg scandal involving Kamlesh Pattni, The Standard reports.¬†
Mutava¬†terminated all cases against the¬†controversial billionaire in March 2013.
He also stopped investigating authorities from charging the businessman¬†with any offense relating to the Goldenberg scandal where taxpayers lost Ksh 5.8.¬†¬†
Mutava further ruled that Pattni would not get a fair trial since the case had been prolonged and some of the witnesses had died.¬†
He declared that there was no complainant to warrant pursuing the case since Pattni had agreed to surrender the Grand Regency Hotel and returned Treasury Bills.¬†
The businessman had been in the dock since 1994 when he was accused of being behind¬†one of Kenya‚Äôs biggest thefts of the public coffers.
The case had dragged for more than 20 years when¬†Mutava took it up.
The judge, who is married to Kibwezi East MP Jessica Mbalu,¬†was hired by the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) in August 2011.
He was among the first batch of lawyers to be appointed after promulgation of the 2010 Constitution.
Six months after his appointment, the JSC received complaints about his conduct. However, the straw that broke the camel’s back was his ruling in Pattni’s case in March 2013.
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