Gupta properties, bank accounts and vehicles have been seized by the NPA

Gupta properties, bank accounts and vehicles have been seized by the NPA

Authorities seized properties, cars and aircraft worth more than 250 million rand linked to the politically connected Gupta family.

The raids were conducted by the Asset Forfeiture Unit, South African Revenue Services, the elite Hawks police unit and South African Police Services, eNCA reported. This was in connection with the Free State Vrede dairy farm case.

The National Prosecuting Authority's Asset Forfeiture Unit has been granted a restraint order against the Gupta family for their role in the Vrede Dairy Project.

The Monday raids came after the High Court in Bloemfontein in the Free State province granted an order against people and companies associated with suspected theft, fraud and money laundering related to Gupta-linked company Estina.

In October, the Financial Times reported the FBI had "opened an investigation into USA links to SA's Gupta family, escalating a political scandal over the three brothers' alleged use of their friendship with Jacob Zuma to control state business". A report by South Africa's anti-corruption watchdog, released two years ago, had accused the Guptas of unduly influencing Zuma.


The Guptas left South Africa shortly before Zuma was forced to resign by his ruling African National Congress in February.

The Times of India reported the probe included a R200 million temple built in honour of their late father in their home town of Saharanpur; the Bank of India and the Bank of Baroda for transferring more than R98 million to a Gupta brother; and 120 properties the Guptas had bought since 2010.

Pletzen had posted a video on social media that showed him confronting Ajay Gupta in the UAE city on April 4, following which he was arrested.

The news agency also alleged that the companies that owned and financed the planes have been to court to have the plane returned.

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