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|Case Number:||Civil Suit 421 of 2001|
|Parties:||SHERLINE GENERAL SERVICES LTD V HERVEEN GADHOKE|
|Date Delivered:||28 Dec 2005|
|Court:||High Court at Mombasa|
|Judge(s):||John Wycliffe Mwera|
|Citation:||SHERLINE GENERAL SERVICES LTD V HERVEEN GADHOKE  eKLR|
|Case Summary:||[RULING] - Company Law - Civil Procedure and Practice - Dismissal of suit - Order 16 r. 5(a) Civil procedure Rules - Section 3A Civil Procedure Act .|
|Disclaimer:||The information contained in the above segment is not part of the judicial opinion delivered by the Court. The metadata has been prepared by Kenya Law as a guide in understanding the subject of the judicial opinion. Kenya Law makes no warranties as to the comprehensiveness or accuracy of the information|
REPUBLIC OF KENYA
IN THE HIGH COURT OF KENYA
Civil Suit 421 of 2001
SHERLINE GENERAL SERVICES LTD ..................……...…..............…..… PLAINTIFF
- Versus -
HERVEEN GADHOKE ................................................................................. DEFENDANT
Coram: Before Hon. Justice Mwera
Khanna for the applicant
Wameyo for the respondent
Court clerk – Mitoto
The defendant desires this court to dismiss the suit herein in accordance with O16 r. 5(a) and Section 3A Civil Procedure Act because by the 24th January 2005 when his application was filed, over 3 years had elapsed with the plaintiff taking no steps to list the case for hearing, the pleadings having closed with the filing of the defence on 9th October 2001.
Mr. Khanna told the court that the plaintiff got some injunctive orders in this cause by which the subject motor vehicle was released to it and thus it appeared to have lost interest in prosecuting the case. That the situation being inexcusable and prejudicial to the defendant, the defendant is entitled to the orders sought. He added that indeed to get the cause listed the defendant was obliged on occasions to pay court adjournment fees imposed on the plaintiff, but which it ignored to pay. And that the argument that the plaintiff had for a long time only had one director, after the demise of another, was not good enough to explain the state of things.
On the issue of the demise of one director Mr. Wameyo posited that since his death on 18th November 2002, there had been unsuccessful efforts to replace him but that now one had been appointed and the plaintiff (a private company requiring a minimum of 2 directors) is ready to operate again, including fixing early hearing dates. That that would allow the plaintiff company to prove its claim on loss of business at Kshs. 30,000/- per day when the subject motor vehicle was not in the hands of the plaintiff.
Having considered this case and circumstances surrounding it, the orders sought ought to be granted. The plaintiff got the motor vehicle in question and that seems to have done it all. There is no evidence that there were unsuccessful attempts to replace the dead director or that another has been appointed. It has not been denied that the defendant has had to pay fees imposed on the plaintiff, which the plaintiff ignored to pay. One interested in a matter should show it – not with such a conduct.
In sum orders are granted as sought.
Orders delivered on 28th December 2005.