Court sets December 16 for hearing Chavda case

DAR ES SALAAM: THE Kisutu Resident Magistrate’s Court in Dar es Salaam is expected to conduct preliminary hearing in a criminal case against prominent businessman Pravinchandra Chavda, who is facing two counts, including giving false reports to the police force over disappearance of property.

Principal Resident Magistrate Aron Lyamuya, who is conducting the trial was yesterday scheduled to preside over the matter, but the session was postponed to December 19, 2023 because he was sick.

Initially, State Attorney Frank Michael told Principal Resident Magistrate Amir Msumi, who temporarily conducted the proceedings that the case was set for preliminary hearing, but he sought for adjournment as the court could not proceed with the matter because the trial Magistrate was absent.

On his part, Advocate Majura Magafu, for the accused person could not object to the request. He further requested the Court to allow his client to travel outside the country for treatment.

The counsel told the court that the accused was sick, allegedly facing some heart complications and that the date of receiving treatment was approaching and that he has presented a letter for such a request.

However, Magistrate Msumi told the Advocate that he is not the presiding Magistrate, therefore the accused should present his request on the next hearing date.

In the case, the prosecution alleges that on January 10, 2022 in Dar-es-Salaam, with intent to defraud, Chavda obtained a plot at Msasani Peninsula areas in the city.

It is alleged that the accused obtained such plot after falsely presenting to Registrar of Titles some documents transferring ownership, pretending to be the Director General of Sole, an investment company which is owner of the plot, while it is not true.

In the second count, the prosecution alleges that on October 7, 2019 at the Central Police Station in Dar-es-Salaam, the accused person gave false information to a police officer on the disappearance of five title deeds for the purpose of obtaining lost police report, while it was untrue.

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