A recent New York Times article has claimed the Gupta brothers used funds stolen from South Africa to fund Saharanpur temple dedicated to their father
The Hawks, an elite anti-corruption unit, as well as the National Prosecuting Authority have been dodging accountability for the delayed extradition of the Gupta brothers.
The three brothers are facing new allegations that a Hindu temple they had built in their Indian home town was built using fraudulent funds.
The New York Times, an American newspaper, has recently reported that the Indian authorities are investigating the possibility that the Saharanpur temple had been built with money stolen from South Africa.
The R410.5 million Shivadham Temple is allegedly the cornerstone of a complex plan to launder money illicitly procured from South Africa.
The new temple was dedicated to Lord Shiva to honour their father but is now surrounded by the controversy that seems to follow the family around.
Lieutenant-General Godfrey Lebeya, Hawks’ boss, had revealed in August that his unit had been investigating the family relating to state capture in which more than R40 Billion was syphoned off of State owned entities.
When asked for comment on the extradition process of the outlaw brothers the NPA and Hawks simply pointed the finger at one another.
The spokesperson for the NPA Luvuyo Mfaku had claimed that their role only started when the police handed the brothers over to them.
Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi, spokesperson for the Hawks, had said that this had already occurred and that their part in the process had been completed.
Later on however it seemed as if Mulaudzi wanted to backtrack saying that they did not want to release information until they had completed their investigations.
The New York Times had interviewed Ajay Gupta, the eldest of the brothers, who had naturally denied any wrongdoing and appeared outraged by the accusations surrounding the temple.
“It’s a thousand percent lie, I’ll kill the person and I’ll kill myself before I use a cent for this kind of a thing,” he had told the newspaper.
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