- The Bloemfontein Regional Court has granted Varun Gupta permission to travel to India
- Varun is the nephew of the controversial Gupta brothers
- He is one of the co-accused in the Estina dairy project case and is expected back in SA by 27 May
The Bloemfontein Regional Court has granted Varun Gupta permission to travel to India. Varun is the nephew of the infamous Gupta brothers and is one of the co-accused in the Estina dairy project case.
Varun is expected to fly to India later on Friday and will be expected back in South African by no later than 27 May. It is understood that Varun asked the court to relax his bail conditions in order to allow him to attend a religious ceremony.
Magistrate Jan Greyvenstein gave his ruling on Friday and said to Varun: “I place my trust in you.”
Briefly.co.za gathered that while Greyvenstein granted Varun’s request, he said he was gravely concerned by the possibility that Varun would not return to South Africa.
Greyvenstein noted that Varun’s wife and children had already left South Africa and were thought to be in India.
According to Varun’s original bail conditions he had to inform authorities six weeks in advance of any international travel plans. Greyvenstein relaxed these conditions, but ordered Varun to fly to India on a commercial flight rather than a private flight.
Varun was among several others who were arrested in February for their roles in the Estina dairy farm project.
The others who were arrested are Estina director Kamal Vasram, former directors of Oakbay Ronica Ragavan, Nazeem Howa and Ashu Chawla - and Free State officials Peter Thabethe, Sylvia Dlamini and Takisi Masiteng.
All of those arrested are facing charges which include fraud, corruption, theft, contravening the Public Finance Management Act, contravening the Companies Act and contravening elements of the Prevention of Organised Crime Act.
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