- Seven of the eight accused who appeared in court today were granted bail
- Ajay Gupta failed to hand himself over as per an arrangement made between his lawyer and the hawks
- He is now considered a fugitive
After failing to hand himself over, the Hawks have labelled Ajay Gupta a fugitive at large. Gupta's lawyer and the Hawks had reached an agreement that he would hand himself over for questioning in the investigation into the Estina Dairy Farm.
He was due to appear in the Bloemfontein Magistrates Court today according to ewn.co.za.
Briefly.co.za learned that the Hawks spokesperson Hangwani Mulaudzi says, “We made contact with Ajay Gupta’s lawyers yesterday and as such we are expecting them to respond, they haven’t responded. So, we now regard Mr Ajay Gupta, of course, as a fugitive. We know for a fact that he’s got protectors and those protectors should know that they are actually aiding and abetting a fugitive.”
Mulaudzi pleaded with Gupta to hand himself over to authorities.
There is also speculation that there is a warrant of arrest for Jacob Zuma's son, Duduzane Zuma.
“That is a matter that we will deal with once we have finalised this process. There’s still an ongoing investigation, this is just phase 1 of what we’re doing. So, we cannot at this stage confirm that.”
Bail had been granted to seven of the eight accused in the Estina Dairy Farm investigation. They face charges of fraud and money laundering.
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Former Oakbay chief executives Varun Gupta and Nazeem Howa, as well as current CEO Ronica Ragavan are among those in the dock. The three were granted bail of R200,000 each.
The other four were granted bail of R10,000 each. The police are still trying to confirm the address of one of the accused before granting bail.
The state is satisfied that the accused do not pose a flight risk.
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