Director charged with obtaining goods worth Sh 90 million by false pretences

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Haren Kumar Damji Mandavia at milimani law court nairobi County. CHRIS OJOW

By Chris Ojow

A company director has been charged with obtaining goods valued at Sh90 million by false pretenses contrary to the law.

Haren Kumar Damji Mandavia appeared before Magistrate Nicholas Njagi and denied two counts of obtaining money by false pretences and issuing a bad cheque. The court heard that Kumar committed the offence on August 12, 2016 and October 15,2016 at Mahindra and Mahindra S.A (PTY)being a director
of POLE STAR MERCHANDISING S.A (PTY)limited worth Sh 90,980,960 by falsely pretending that he was in a position to pay for the supply a fact he knew to be false.

He faced another count in which he was charged with issuing a bad cheque contrary to the law on September 17, 2016 and September 20,2016at Barclay’s plaza branch. He is said to have issued Dimond Trust Bank cheques valued at Sh 8 million drawn in his account in the name of Polestar Merchandising
Company while he knew the accounts had insufficient funds for the cheques to be honored.

Kumar had earlier appeared before the court on Monday where he faced several counts of issuing a bad cheque valued at Sh 41 million. He had appeared before Magistrate Francis Andayi he was accused of
pretending that the cheques he issued were genuine. The court heard Kumar on diverse dates between July 31, 2017, and September 12, 2017, at Avon Centre on Enterprise Road in Nairobi’s Industrial Area, with intent to defraud, obtained from James Nduati Mwangi assorted building materials valued at Sh41,205,140 Bad cheques.

He is said to have had pretended that the cheques he then produced and delivered to Nduati were valid order for the payment of Sh41,2015,140, a fact he knew to be false. He faced several more counts of obtaining goods by false pretenses and issuing a bad cheque contrary to the law.

The court directed Nduati be released on a Sh5 million bond plus one surety or cash bail of Sh2 million. The case will be mentioned within

two weeks. Meanwhile,Another company director was charged on Monday with obtaining goods valued Sh90 million by false presences.

Muhammad Adnan Tahir appeared before Chief Magistrate Francis Andayi and denied two counts of obtaining goods by false pretence and issuing a bad cheque contrary to the law. The court heard that on diverse dates between August 12, 2016, and October 15, 2016, at Mahindra & Mahindra S.A (PTY) Ltd in Nairobi, being the director of Pole Star Merchandising Company Ltd, he obtained rice from Mahindra valued at Sh90.9 million by false pretense.

He is said to have pretended to be in a position to pay for the supply, a fact he knew to be false.
In the second count, he was charged with issuing a bad cheque contrary to the law.

The court heard that on September 17, 2016, and September 20, 2016, at Barclays Plaza branch in Nairobi, he issued Diamond Trust Bank cheques of Sh8, 725,249 in favour of Mahindra Ltd, which bounced. Andayi directed Muhamad be released on a Sh3 million cash bail or a bond of Sh5 million

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