The parliamentary portfolio committee on Home Affairs has found that the naturalisation for Ajay Gupta’s family was fraudulent and has recommended that the family face charges.
The Home Affairs committee has completed its investigation into the Gupta family and has come out with several recommendations against Ajay Gupta and the entire Gupta family. Amongst the recommendations are criminal charges against the Gupta’s as well as family associate and Sahara Computers chief operating officer Ashu Chawla, who is accused of helping the Guptas with falsifying their naturalisation citizenship. The committee also called for Chawla’s South African citizenship to be revoked.
The report details the fraudulent naturalization of Ajay Gupta, his wife Shivani, his mother Angoori, and his sons Kamala Kant Singhala and Surya Kant Singhala. Although the naturalisation was processed during former Home Affairs minister Malusi Gigaba’s tenure and signed off by Gigaba himself, the committee made no findings against him. Gigaba, however, was found to have lied under oath by the Constitutional Court.
“The Ajay Gupta family early naturalisation application was fraudulent based, amongst others, on falsified social contribution documents to schools in the North West used by Mr Chawla on behalf of the family as support for their early naturalisation applications,” read the report.
Chawla was due to appear before the committee for his role in the Gupta naturalisation scandal but fled to India in September 2018. It is also alleged that Chawla had a special relationship with the director of the foreign office coordination Major Kobese, who is alleged to have helped the Gupta family disregard visa regulations and obtain their visas quickly.
The Home Affairs committee also recommended that the report be referred to the Zondo commission of inquiry into state capture.
“The significant irregularities identified in this report’s observations regarding the citizenship and immigration services at the department of home affairs in relation to the Gupta family and associates, could amount to state capture and warrants that this report be referred by Parliament to the Zondo commission of inquiry into state capture for further investigation.”