Business man Sudhir Ruparelia has said he has no business appearing before Parliament’s Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enteprises (COSASE).
A COSASE Sub-committee headed by Makindye East MP Ibrahim Kasozi, which is investigating the alleged fraudulent acquisition of departed Asians’ properties, had on Tuesday, December 3, 2019, the property mogul to appear before the committee on Wednesday in relation to how he acquired five houses that are said to have been part of departed Asians’ properties.
According to the summons, the properties in question are Plot 43 on Jinja Road, Plot 24 on Kampala road, Plot 8 on Colville Street, Plots 3 and 5 on Bombo road (all in Kampala) and Plot 26 on Republic Street in Mbale Town.
Africa Tembelea has learnt that, Sudhir, through his lawyers of Walusimbi & Co Advocates wrote back to COSASE saying he has nothing to defend before them.
The property mogul said he has never purchased any properties from the Departed Asians Properties Custodian Board (DAPCB).
“In the result, he (Sudhir) requests for your advice as to why his presence is required, especially it being that he has never purchased any property from the DAPCB nor has he claimed any property on behalf of anybody,” the lawyers wrote in a December 3 letter.
Regarding the building on Plot 43, Jinja Road, Sudhir said what he possesses does not match with the descriptions of COSASE.
For Plot 24 on Kampala road, Sudhir said he bought the property under his company, Meera Investments Ltd and that in 2012, he won a court case, which DAPCB had instituted against him challenging his ownership.
“With your guidance, we need to advise our client whether matters decided upon by court can be subjected to an inquiry,” Sudhir’s Lawyers’ letter to COSASE reads in part.
However, Mr Kasozi is quoted to have told Daily Monitor newspaper that they’ll still demand Sudhir appearance.
“We are not saying Mr Sudhir grabbed these properties but may be like it has been the case of redeemed properties. Redeemed properties are supposed to be owned by the government,” Kasozi said.