Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu was arrested on Tuesday afternoon over allegations of corruption involving the collapsed Imperial Bank.
She becomes the third office holder to be implicated in a controversial case that puts her tenure in jeopardy.
In 2012, Kenya’s first ever Deputy CJ under the new Constitution, Nancy Baraza, was found guilty of gross misconduct after she waved a gun at a security guard.
The tribunal investigating the incident that occurred at the Village Market Mall, recommended that Baraza be removed from office for “inability to control her behavior.”
She tried to fight the unanimous decision by lodging a complaint at the Supreme Court but would later resign on October 18, 2012 citing lack of confidence in the five-judge bench.
Baraza had served as deputy CJ for only seven months.
On February 22, 2013, Kalpana Rawal, was nominated to replace Baraza with the Judicial Service Commission saying she was the most experienced candidate.