Guptas file affidavit against Pravin
LAWYERS acting on behalf of Oakbay Investments – which is owned by the controversial Gupta family – on Friday filed an affidavit with the high court in Pretoria. The affidavit, in response to one lodged by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan last year, said Gordhan’s affidavit was flawed. In a statement issued by lawyers Van der Merwe & Associates Oakbay argued that Gordhan’s “superfluous application is riddled with factual and legal errors”. In October, Gordhan revealed in a court affidavit that R6.8 billion in payments made by Ajay, Atul and Rajesh Gupta, companies they controlled and other individuals with the same surname, had been reported to the authorities as suspicious since 2012. On Friday, Oakbay said Gordhan’s “reliance on the list of 72 purported ‘suspicious transaction reports’ is misplaced and the minister’s application is supported by a flawed analysis and a faulty factual record”. The statement added that Oakbay has never suggested that the minister is required to intervene in the bankcustomer relationship. Visit www.busrep.co.za. – Business Reporter
Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan.