DPP approves charges against seven for illegally detaining widower’s children

Nikesh Harji (L), lawyer Danstan Omari (C) and Harji's father Harji Lalji addressing media in Nairobi. Photo/Suek

The Director of Public Prosecution has approved charges against seven people accused of illegally detaining three minors whose mother committed suicide.

The children, aged five years and seven months old twins were forcefully taken from the custody of their grandparents by unknown people while their father was in police custody.

The father, Nikesh Harji had been detained while police concluded investigations on the cause of death of his wife Vanita Nikesh. The case was, however, closed after it was ruled a suicide.

The alleged abductees Urvash Kauship, Lalji Hirani, Ratan Daya, Dakish Nilesh Siyani, Mitiksha Vekariyi, Arvind Vekarija and Namrata Manoj Keshavji Makwana will be charged with conspiracy to commit a felony and abduction.

Vanisha was found dead in their bedroom by her mother-in-law in April 2022.

Through lawyer Danstan Omari, Harji has been fighting for the custody of his children since his release.


According to court documents, Lalji and his wife were the ones who went to forcefully take the minors from the care of their grandparents even though they are not related to them.

The two proceeded to file an application before Tononoka law court seeking the custodial orders of the minors.

Shockingly, Principal Magistrate Viola Yator granted them custody even though the father claimed they were not at all related.

After the distressed father filed a case seeking legal and actual custody, care and control of the minors, the court allowed him to see his children and restrained all parties from removing the minors from the jurisdiction of the court.

The Magistrate further ordered the children’s officer, Nyali Sub County, to conduct an urgent social inquiry about the children and file the report in court.

Lawyer Omari said that the police are having a hard time arresting the suspects as they claim to be above the law.

While addressing journalists at Milimani Law Courts, Omari said when the police went to effect arrest on 24th October, the suspects locked the father of the children inside the compound together with the police officers claiming to be untouchable.