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Interpol red notice issued against Gupta brothers, wives to face charges in SA

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Interpol red notice issued against Gupta brothers, wives to face charges in SA
The NPA’s Investigating Directorate acknowledged red notices had been issued against Atul Gupta, his brother Rajesh and their wives to face trial in SA. File photo.

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The Investigating Directorate (ID) says efforts to bring the Gupta brothers and their wives relieve to SA to face charges gain intensified, with Interpol issuing red notices for his or her arrest.

Red notices are issued for fugitives wished for prosecution and are issued to regulation enforcement worldwide to detect and provisionally arrest an individual pending extradition.

Early Newspaper

The ID made this announcement on Monday after the transfer to the Bloemfontein high court for trial of the criminal case of 5 accused relating to procurement fraud involving R24.9m paid by the Free Train division of agriculture to Nulane Investment 204.

Atul Gupta and his wife Chetali, Rajesh Gupta and his wife Arti, and three others are wished to join the 5 totally different accused.

The case will begin on September 6.

Former Transnet Board member Iqbal Sharma, Nulane Investment employee Dinesh Patel, traditional Free Train head of division for rural pattern Peter Thabethe, traditional Free Train agriculture head of division Limakatso Moorosi and standard division CFO Seipati Dhlamini face charges of fraud and money laundering.

The conventional authorities officers are moreover charged with contravention of the Public Finance Management Act.

The topic changed into postponed in the absence of the accused, as agreed between the ID and the defence, in the wake of Covid-19 stage 4 lockdown guidelines.

ID head Hermione Cronje acknowledged on Monday that efforts to bring the Guptas relieve gain intensified.

“Interpol has issued red notices against: Atul Gupta and his wife Chetali; Rajesh Gupta and his wife Arti; Ankit Jain, traditional Nulane Investment Financial institution of Baroda account signatory; Ravindra Nath, director of Wone Management (Pty) Ltd; Ramesh Bhat and Jagdish Parekh, the directors of Pragat Investments (Pty) Ltd,” Cronje acknowledged.

The ID acknowledged the case relates to alleged procurement fraud involving R24.9m, paid between November 2011 and April 2012 by the Free Train division of agriculture to Nulane Investment 204, an organization owned and managed by Sharma. From there the funds were allegedly diverted to Islandsite Investments 180 (Pty) Ltd, an organization owned and managed by the Gupta family.

The R24.9m changed into purportedly paid to Nulane to behavior a feasibility witness for the Free Train’s flagship Mohoma Mobung undertaking, on the muse that Nulane had extraordinary skills to manufacture the work. The community is charged together with Wone Management, Pragat Investment and Islandsite Investments.

ERNEST MABUZA

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Interpol red notice issued against Gupta brothers, wives to face charges in SA