Nineteen Gupta-linked companies have approached the High Court in Pretoria in a bid to stop the Bank of Baroda from closing its South African operations, and have accused the bank of acting in bad faith. The bank announced in February that it planned to close its branch in the country following an instruction from its headquarters in India. In answering papers to the entities, Baroda’s acting CEO of SA operations, Manoj Kumar Jha, explained that the decision to shut up shop in the country followed a decision by Nedbank to terminate its relationship with Baroda. This would mean that it would be impossible for Baroda to provide transactional banking facilities to any of its customers. But the Gupta entities are insisting that the closure of the Baroda branch in SA is in contempt of court following an interim order handed down by high court Judge Tati Makgoka in October 2017, stopping Baroda from “deactivating and/or closing” the accounts or from terminating the banker-customer relatio...

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