Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu has been arrested at Supreme Court in Nairobi over alleged corruption. Judge Mwilu was on Tuesday taken to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations for questioning.
The judge faces numerous counts of stealing, abuse of office and unlawful failure to pay taxes.
Additionally, investigators claim that the judge has acted in contravention of the Leadership and Integrity Act by accepting a personal loan of Sh12 million from Imperial Bank.
Moments after he arrest, Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji called an urgent press conference on the matter. Her arrest followed a series of meetings by the Judicial Service Commission, the judiciary employer, for the better part of the morning.
Mr Haji and Director of Criminal investigations George Kinoti attended some of the meetings before Judge Mwilu was taken into custody.
The judge had been reported by the Kenya Revenue Authority to Mr Haji over the suspicious movement of large sums of money in and out of bank accounts.
Sources revealed that investigations on the judge have mainly revolved around transactions involving the collapsed Imperial Bank, and failure to pay taxes.
The Central Bank (CBK) appointed the Kenya Deposit Insurance Corporation (KDIC) as receivers of Imperial Bank in October 2015 following its collapse amid revelations that up to Sh34 billion of shareholder deposits had gone missing. The investigators had previously focused on the directors of the collapsed bank and some CBK officials.