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Businessman to quiz Nazlin in Sh200m suit

A man said to be the estranged husband of former presidential candidate Ms Nazlin Umar Rajput will cross examine her.

Mr Madatali Chatur faces a Sh200 million suit from Ms Rajput for upkeep and dowry.

He said there were issues likely to be raised on cross examining Ms Rajput.

Through lawyer Mwangi Kigotho, Mr Chatur said to be a businessman who owns several properties in the city, said unless the application was not allowed, the parties were likely to be in court for a long time.

Cross examine

Justice William Musyoka of the High Court allowed the application saying it was merited.

This was the latest twist in the legal battle that has been going on since 2011. Ms Rajput had applied to cross examine Mr Chatur first but the court ruled against her. 

She claims she married Mr Chatur on September 27, 2010 under Islamic Sharia law, but since them has refused to provide upkeep.

She also wants the court to restrain him from transferring, dispensing or interfering with 32 commercial properties.

The properties include the prestigious New Muthaiga Shopping Mall, Diamond Plaza, Diamond Plaza Annexe in Parklands, Rahimtula Trust and Mithu buildings in Moi Avenue among other properties at the Coast.

Mr Chatur however said the properties listed by Ms Rajput in her 2011 application did not belong to him.

Contrary to Ms Rajput’s claims, Mr Chatur said that the former presidential aspirant was responsible for delay in hearing and determination of the matter.

Seeking an order

Last week, she moved to court under certificate of urgency seeking an order to compel Mr Chatur to attend court during hearings of the 2011 application and another dated 2012.

She said there were are new issues which had emerged and need intervention of the court failure to which the case she has filed against Mr Chatur will be rendered of little importance.

Ms Rajput said that the respondent was in the process of wasting and disposing of matrimonial property and may abscond from court.

She added that Mr Chatur had sworn falsehoods to dupe the court and deny her right over all their properties and investments.

Deposit security

Ms Rajput also accused Mr Chatur of lying to the court that he did not own the properties. She said he had hurriedly disposed several of them at Sh2 billion.

“There is need for maintenance and protection of the property failure to which the applicant will be rendered absolutely destitute,” read part of the grounds upon which the application by Ms Rajput is based.

In her supporting affidavit, Ms Rajput wants the court to put caveats on all the properties, bar Mr Chatur from travelling outside the country and withhold his passport.

Additionally she wants him ordered to deposit security, pay monthly arrears from October 2010 and re-open her offices at New Muthaiga shopping mall.