Ajay Gupta
Ajay Gupta

Search is still on for fugitive Ajay Gupta

By Siyavuya Mzantsi Time of article published Feb 21, 2018

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Cape Town - The country's law enforcement agencies remain on high alert as they intensified their search for Ajay Gupta, who they declared a fugitive of the law after he failed to hand himself over.

He, along with former president Jacob Zuma’s son Duduzane, a friend of the Guptas, are believed to have fled to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, where South Africa doesn't have an extradition treaty.

Ajay was being sought for his alleged role in the fraud scandal at the Estina dairy farm in Vrede in the Free State, which saw politicians and businesspeople pocketing millions from the project earmarked for emerging black farmers.

The Hawks on Tuesday, distanced themselves from reports that they were looking for Ajay’s brother Atul, who launched a high court application against the National Prosecuting Authority’s asset forfeiture unit this week, opposing the freezing of their multimillion-rand assets over corruption allegations.

Atul confirmed that he was no longer in the country.

“Everything that we are doing is only operational. There is no way we can be able to divulge what we are doing and all those kinds of things, even if we say we are looking for or we are using these people, it would be difficult.

"What we can say for now is that the search has not stopped and it is still continuing and, unfortunately, it is an issue that is too much operational - it cannot be shared in a public space," said Hawks spokesperson Hangwani Mulaudzi

Police spokesperson Vuyo Mhaga said the warrant of arrest issued for Ajay was still in place.

Earlier this week, a R2 million reward was issued for the information that could lead to an arrest.

Read: R2m reward for Guptas,Zuma

South African billionaire Magda Wierzycka had pledged a R900 000 reward.

Cape Times

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