Ajay and Anil Gupta arrested after alleged involvement in builder’s suicide in Dehradun, India: reports

Ajay Gupta and his brother-in-law Anil Guptawere arrested on Friday for their alleged involvement in the suicide of a prominent builder in Dehradun, India, according to Indian media reports.

The arrest comes after builder Satyendra Singh Sahni, also known as Baba Sahni, allegedly wrote in his suicide note that he had been severely depressed as a result of constant threats and financial disputes with several businessmen, including Ajay and Anil.

Justice Minister Ronald Lamola says the Gupta family members arrested in India are not Ajay and Atul Gupta, who have been on the run from South African law enforcement since 2016.

Speaking on the sidelines of the final ANC rally at FNB on Saturday morning, Lamola had this to say:

“There are media reports indicating the arrest of members of the Gupta family in India. We want to clarify to the world that according to the information we have at our disposal from our High Commission in India. The Gupta family is not named in the arrest warrant issued by SA and according to the Interpol red notice. The red notice is still in force,” the minister reiterated.

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A photograph purportedly of the arrested duo, published by Indian publications, shows two men in a jail cell and bears an uncanny similarity to previously published images of “South Africans” Ajay and Anil Gupta.

According to a report by The new Indian expressRanvir Sahni, son of the deceased builder, had told the police, “My father was constantly threatened by Ajay Gupta, son of Shiv Gupta, and Anil Gupta, son of Shyam Lal Gupta, residents of Nehru Colony Dalanwala, over financial issues. . “On May 19, 2023, a written complaint was made to the local police regarding threats, harassment, intimidation and blackmail by the Gupta brothers.”

In his statement to the police, Ranvir said the Guptas were putting pressure on his father to name both projects after him. Police told the newspaper that Anil and Ajay had been arrested for their involvement in the case.

Both accused are expected to appear in court on Saturday, The New Indian Express reported.

No connection to South Africa?

Those connected to South Africa Ajay Gupta He is the eldest brother in the family, while Anil was previously reported to be the husband of Gupta’s sister Achla. At the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into State Capture in 2020, former Eskom legal and compliance chief Suzanne Daniels described how she met Ajay in the presence of former president Jacob Zuma’s son, Duduzane Zuma, and others in July 2017.

Maverick newspaper reported that the former Eskom executive testified before the Commission that Ajay acted “as if he owned the country” in his presence. He wanted details about the litigation over the utility’s R30-million pension payment to former Eskom chief executive Brian Molefe.

Read on Daily Maverick: The total cost (more or less) of the state capture of the Guptas: R49,157,323,233.68

Under the Vanuatu sun?

The Gupta brothers hurriedly packed their bags and fled South Africa for Dubai after several South African banks canceled their accounts in 2016. A year later, there was no turning back as the #GuptaLeaks emerged to expose the vast extent of his alleged criminal enterprise.

The remaining Gupta brothers, Atul and Rajesh. they were arrested in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), in June 2022, for his role in the capture of the state of South Africa. The news was widely celebrated after years of failed attempts to apprehend the fugitive brothers.

But that celebration was short-lived. South Africa’s request to extradite the brothers was quietly rejected following the conclusion of a hearing in Dubai in February 2023.

Read more at Daily Maverick: The Guptas are gone. No one is to blame, everyone did the best they could. The end

Speaking in The Gathering of Maverick Diary In March 2024, Justice Department spokesperson Chrispin Phiri said that, to the Department’s knowledge, the fugitive brothers were in Dubai. However, unattributed media reports last year located Atul and Rajesh in Switzerland, the Central African Republic, Cameroon and Vanuatu.

Maverick newspaper reported that the brothers had acquired Vanuatu citizenship even though the country’s financial intelligence unit had warned immigration authorities against them in 2018. DM

Additional reporting by Queenin Masuabi.