dfcu Bank, has parted ways with their lawyers of M/s Sebalu & Lule Advocates and replaced them with M/S Kalenge, Bwanika, Ssewa & Co. Advocates to represent them in the case filed by Meera Investments Limited (a company owned by businessman Dr. Sudhir Ruparelia) in which it accuses the commercial bank of taking over their buildings that used to house the now defunct Crane Bank Limited (CBL) illegally, with support from Bank of Uganda.
In a notice to the High Court in Kampala dated 20th November indicating change of advocates, Kalenge, Bwanika, Ssewa & Co. Advocates says it has been instructed by dfcu Bank, to represent them against a law suit slapped to them by Meera Investments Limited which seeks to cancel titled properties that were being used by Crane Bank and illegally transferred to dfcu Bank on advice of Sebalu & Lule.
“Take Notice, that we, M/s Kalenge, Bwanika, Ssewa & Co. Advocates plot ** Lumumba Avenue, P.O. Box *****, Kampala, Tel. No. 0414-******/* have been instructed by the first respondent [dfcu bank] to represent it in the above proceedings, in place of M/s Sebalu & Lule Advocates,” reads a notice by the law firm.
This is not the first time Sebalu and Lule Co. Advocates are being dropped by their clients in cases versing Dr. Sudhir Ruparelia establishments. In April this year, the law firm was declared conflicted, and therefore unfit to represent the parties in a longstanding commercial dispute involving Bank of Uganda and Dr. Sudhir Ruparelia.
In his April 30 ruling, Justice Paul Gadenya Wolimbwa, kicked Sebalu & Lule Advocates out of any commercial disputes involving, Mr. Ruparelia and his Crane Management Services, because “the Applicant has made out a case that the first respondent (Sebalu & Lule) has relevant information of the applicant. The information is relevant and I accordingly grant an injunction restraining the first respondent from handling any case involving the applicant”.