Bwanyenye Yagnesh Mohanlal Devani failed to appear in court for the third consecutive time on Monday, April 15, 2024, during the hearing of the case against him for the alleged theft of aircraft fuel worth Sh1.5 billion 16 years ago.

Devani, who had fled to the United Kingdom to avoid prosecution, was extradited back to Kenya earlier this year, 2024, after his efforts to oppose prosecution in Kenya hit a dead end.

The High Court of the United Kingdom dismissed Devani’s application to resist extradition to Kenya to face charges of fraud.

In January 2024, Devani was apprehended by the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) and returned to the country, where he was detained at the Muthaiga police station and arraigned before Senior Magistrate Robinson Ondieki at the Milimani Law Courts.

During his scheduled court appearance, Devani was absent, but his defense lawyer, Moses Kurgat, filed an application requesting the defendant to be excused from attending court during the mention of the case.

However, Kurgat did not disclose Devani’s whereabouts or the reasons for requesting his absence from court.

Prosecution leader Eliphaz Ombati informed the court that they had not been served with a copy of the defendant’s application seeking permission to be absent from court.

The court ordered Lawyer Kurgat to provide Mr. Ombati with a copy of the application.

“This application by Devani will be heard on April 29, 2024. Provide Mr. Ombati with a copy of the application,” Mr. Ondieki ordered.

Devani pleaded not guilty to defrauding the Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) of over Sh1.5 billion by selling aircraft fuel at the Kipevu Depot in Mombasa.

The accused, through his company Triton, allegedly sold the fuel, which he had purchased with KCB’s funds, contrary to the agreement with the bank.

Two arrest warrants against Devani remain outstanding. The police continue their search for him.