NPA expected to oppose Atul Gupta's R10m court challenge

File: Atul Gupta filed an application on 19 February to challenge the NPA’s forfeiture unit from freezing the money. Photo: Gallo / James Oatway

JOHANNESBURG - The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) is expected to oppose Atul Gupta's application in the Bloemfontein High Court to challenge the freezing of R10-million from his personal bank account.

The Asset Forfeiture Unit says the money was paid from the Estina Dairy Project which was meant to benefit poor farmers in the Free State.

Gupta filed an application on 19 February to challenge the NPA’s forfeiture unit from freezing the money.

In it, he stated that he is "out of the country".

READ: Atul Gupta challenges freezing of R10m

He said his affidavit was prepared at "extreme haste" on 7 February and was signed on 8 February at the South African Consulate General in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

On 14 February, South Africa's elite Hawks police unit confirmed that three people were arrested in a raid on the Johannesburg home of the Gupta family.

The Hawks said the raid on the Gupta family's compound was related to the family's alleged embezzling of funds destined for the Estina dairy farm.

At least R200-million in funds meant for emerging black farmers allegedly flowed into the bank accounts of the family. 

Some of the money was allegedly used to pay for a lavish family wedding at Sun City in 2013.

African News Agency

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