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Deputy chief justice of Kenya's Supreme Court

Kalpana Rawal

Used offshore companies to buy and sell London real estate

Related to  Kenya India United Kingdom
Data from: Panama Papers
Kalpana Rawal, who became Kenya's Deputy Chief Justice in June 2013, has been fighting an attempt by the Judicial Services Commission to force her to retire from Kenya’s Supreme Court on her 70th birthday in January 2016. She filed suit in September, arguing she was appointed under a previous constitution that let judges work until they turn 74. In December , a five-judge panel ruled against her, but she has appealed. She has noted that the issue is bigger than just her case and could effect the retirement and pension rights who were appointed under the previous constitution. Rawal, who moved from India to Kenya in 1973, assisted the International Criminal Court’s investigation of Kenya’s post-election violence in 2007-2008. She also led the probe of a 2012 helicopter crash that killed Kenya’s security minister.

In the data

Rawal and her husband were directors of two companies based in the British Virgin Islands, prior to her joining the nation's Supreme Court. The family used other offshore companies to buy and sell real estate in London and nearby Surrey. Montague Real Estate SA was used in 2004 to buy a London flat for $1.12 million, which they sold in 2006. Innovate Global Limited was used to buy a house in Surrey for $2.74 million and a London apartment which they bought for $967,000 in 2004 and sold for $1.62 million in 2013. Through Arklyn International Limited, they bought another two London apartments, one bought for $1.66 million in 2005 and sold for $2.23 million in 2011, and the other bought for $1.57 million in 2005 and sold for $2.15 million in 2012.

Response

Rawal said she has not been involved with the family businesses except for generally knowing they were involved in real estate. She was listed as director on two of them without her knowledge by her husband when he was told two directors were required, she said. The first one never did any transactions and is dormant. The second one acquired a property. "My family members include my two adult sons residing in London, both of whom are British subjects and run the business as per the laws applicable in U.K." She said has never had "any involvement direct or indirect and have no interest or control" in the other companies.
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