More woes for Gupta, Gi­gaba

The Herald (South Africa) - - NEWS -

COR­RUP­TION and fraud com­plaints have been laid against Fi­nance Min­is­ter Malusi Gi­gaba‚ Home Af­fairs of­fi­cial Gideon Chris­tians‚ Ra­jesh “Tony” Gupta and Sa­hara boss Ashu Chawla by the Or­gan­i­sa­tion Un­do­ing Tax Abuse (Outa).

The com­plaint is out­lined in an af­fi­davit supplied to the po­lice by Outa le­gal af­fairs head Ste­fanie Fick.

In the af­fi­davit‚ Fick said the ap­par­ent close re­la­tion­ship be­tween Chris­tians‚ Gi­gaba‚ Chawla and Gupta should be in­ves­ti­gated.

It ap­peared that Chawla and Gupta did not have to fol­low pre­scribed pro­ce­dures in ob­tain­ing visas and re­ceived pref­er­en­tial treat­ment from govern­ment of­fi­cials, she said.

“In re­turn‚ it ap­pears that Chris­tians was re­warded for his as­sis­tance. It also ap­pears that Tony Gupta may have had the abil­ity to in­flu­ence de­ci­sions taken by Gi­gaba and the rea­son there­fore should be in­ves­ti­gated‚” Fick said in the af­fi­davit.

Gi­gaba was the home af­fairs min­is­ter from May 2014 to March and Chris­tians the sec­ond sec­re­tary for im­mi­gra­tion and civic ser­vices at the SA High Com­mis­sion in New Delhi from Fe­bru­ary 2008 to March 2014.

Fick said from June to Au­gust 2013‚ while Chris­tians was in New Delhi‚ he re­peat­edly helped out with visas for Gupta con­nec­tions‚ in­clud­ing for staff for the ANN7 TV sta­tion, launched in Au­gust 2013.

Dur­ing Au­gust 2013‚ Chawla sent re­quests to Chris­tians for more visas.

“We al­lege the con­duct of Tony Gupta‚ Chawla and Chris­tians con­sti­tutes‚ but is not lim­ited to‚ cor­rup­tion and fraud crimes.”

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