Ajay Gupta is no longer a wanted man South Africa police
Johannesburg, South Africa,Feb 16, 2019
We may be watching the judicial equivalent of a footballer missing an open goal, here. The NPA have made the controversial decision to drop the arrest warrant that was issued for Ajay Gupta last February.
BusinessLive broke the story last on Thursday evening, revealing that the legal team would not be pursuing the immediate apprehension of Gupta in regards to a string of corruption charges.
The Indian billionaire is accused of offering Mcebisi Jonas a R600 million bribe to take the role of finance minister a few years ago, in exchange for looking favourably upon the family when it came to securing government tenders and operating the country from behind the shadows.
Why has Ajay Gupta has his arrest warrant dropped?
It all seems related to the decision to drop charges against Duduzane Zuma in January. The NPA also let Msholozi’s son off the hook for his alleged role in the Jonas bribery. This decision has somewhat weakened the state’s case against Ajay Gupta, leaving them with little choice but to revoke his fugitive status.
This effectively means that Ajay – who has been holed up in Dubai for the last 12 months – could return to South Africa and live as a free man. There’d be no real threat of conviction over his head, but that could all change as the state capture inquiry rumbles on.
Will Ajay Gupta appear at the state capture inquiry?
Both Vytjie Mentor and Mcebisi Jonas have had questions raised about their testimony, which has implicated Ajay Gupta. The decision to lift his arrest warrant would allow the state capture architect the freedom to come back to Mzansi and apply to cross-examine witnesses of his choice.........Read More