Alcohol billionaire seeks to lock out nephews in forgery case


Billionaire alcohol producer Mohan Galot is fighting in court to stop his nephews from participating in a forgery dispute regarding the shareholding and directorship of the family’s multi-billion shilling group of companies.

Mr Galot claims that a lawyer appointed by his two nephews to represent them in the pending criminal case is a former State Law Office official who is allegedly using his network to prejudice him.

At the centre of the prolonged legal battle between Mr Galot and his nephews — Mr Pravin Galot and Mr Rajesh Galot — is the control of Galot Industries, Manchester Outfitters, King Woolen Mills, Mohan Meakin, London Distillers Kenya Ltd and M G Park.

London Distillers and Mohan Meakin are producers of well-known alcoholic brands in Kenya.

“Pending the hearing and determination of the petition herein, a conservatory order do issue restraining the 1st and 2nd respondent and their instructing clients from participating in matters against the petitioner as interested parties and/or watching brief,” reads one of the orders sought by Mr Galot.

Substantial influence

Mr Galot in his application says lawyer Kamau Ernest Kaka has substantial influence due to his established connection at his former employer.

He claims that together with another lawyer representing his nephews- Mr Kenyatta Odiwuor, Mr Kaka continues interfering with decisions made by the Directorate of Public Prosecution.

The magistrate’s court in February allowed the two lawyers representing the nephews to participate in the case as interested parties.

Mr Galot is accused of forging signatures of public officers in the office of Registrar of Companies.

But he denies the allegations, arguing that Mr Pravin Galot and Mr Rajesh Galot are using criminal proceedings to bully him into ceding his control over the companies.

Earlier this year Mr Galot lost his High Court case in which he was seeking to halt his criminal prosecution.

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