Tycoon Yagnesh Devani turns up in court after prosecution sought warrant of arrest for his absence


Tycoon Yagnesh Devani today appeared in court after the prosecution sought a warrant of arrest against him for failing to appear in court for a mention in the Sh 1.5 billion fuel scandal.

Devani, who had three matters in different courts had not appeared in either of them, including a case to answer ruling before Senior Resident Magistrate Zainab Abdul.

The prosecution told the court to issue a warrant of arrest against the businessman for failing to appear in court and his lawyer failing to explain his whereabouts.

When trial magistrate Evans Ondieki asked his lawyer about his whereabouts, the lawyer claimed that he was “within the court premises”.

The magistrate declined to proceed with the matter in Devani’s absence and gave the lawyer about 40 minutes to have him in court.

In the recent file,the tycoon is charged alongside his company, Triton Petroleum Company Limited with conspiring to steal Sh 1.5 billion fuel.

The accused is also facing several charges of disposing mortgaged goods belonging to Kenya Commercial Bank.

After the accused appeared in court, the matter was set for a mention on 26th February 2024.