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JOHANNESBURG - The Hawks hosted a media briefing on their Estina Dairy Farm investigation on Friday.
They said Ajay Gupta is not being sought for the project.
The Hawks said Ajay Gupta is wanted in connection for an unrelated corruption case.
BREAKING: #Hawks confirm #AjayGupta not in country at time of arrests.— Karyn Maughan (@karynmaughan) February 23, 2018
Col Basi on whether Ajay was in SA or not at time of arrests:
His lawyer went public and said Ajay not aware that he was being sought.
This contradicts Police Minister Fikile Mbalula's claims.
The state alleges the enterprise was used to syphon off money intended for poor black farmers into Gupta accounts.
The Asset Forfeiture Unit has identified Atul Gupta as a criminal suspect in the scam.
The unit also says there's clear evidence the money Atul Gupta allegedly received from Estina, are the proceeds of crime.
At least eight people linked to the Free State project have been arrested.
Ajay Gupta has reportedly fled the country, although his lawyers are denying this.
Acting Hawks head Yolisa Matakata said they are liaising with Ajay Gupta's lawyers.
"The warrant of arrest on Ajay Gupta is on an unrelated case of corruption and is still active until it's executed. We are liasing with his lawyer's," said Matakata.