Court rules Gupta rel­a­tive can travel to In­dia

Observer on Saturday - - Focus On Sa Scene -

JO­HAN­NES­BURG - The Bloem­fontein Mag­is­trate’s Court has granted Varun Gupta, the nephew of the con­tro­ver­sial Gupta broth­ers, per­mis­sion to travel to In­dia.

Mag­is­trate Jan Greyven­stein de­liv­ered his rul­ing yes­ter­day morn­ing say­ing, “I place my trust in you”.

Gupta will fly out on Fri­day. He is ex­pected back in the coun­try no later than May 27. Gupta is one of the ac­cused in the Estina dairy project case. He asked the Bloem­fontein Mag­is­trate’s Court to re­lax the con­di­tions of his bail, par­tic­u­larly the one that spec­i­fied that he should in­form the in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer six weeks be­fore he un­der­takes any in­ter­na­tional travel.

It is un­der­stood that Gupta wants to leave the coun­try to at­tend a re­li­gious cer­e­mony. Al­though the judge granted Gupta per­mis­sion to travel he said he was greatly con­cerned about whether Gupta would come back to South Africa, adding that his wife and kids were al­ready out of the coun­try.

Gupta was ar­rested along with Estina di­rec­tor Ka­mal Vas­ram, for­mer di­rec­tors at the Gup­tas’ hold­ing com­pany Oak­bay - Ron­ica Ra­ga­van, Nazeem Howa and Ashu Chawla - and Free State of­fi­cials Peter Tha­bethe, Sylvia D la mini and Ta ki si Ma sit eng in Fe­bru­ary for their roles in the project.

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