The Gupta family and Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane have been linked to a notorious Indian businessman arrested in his home country for money laundering. According to leaked e-mails seen by Business Day, Kolkata businessman Parasmal Lodha, who was arrested for money laundering in Mumbai, travelled with Zwane and a number of Gupta family members and associates to Switzerland in December 2015. Lodha was among seven passengers flying on the Guptas’ private jet to Switzerland and India with Rajesh Gupta and associate Salim Essa. In parliamentary questions in May 2016 Zwane confirmed he had travelled to Switzerland on an official trip in 2015. This was after flatly denying allegations that he had gone on a Gupta-related trip to the European country in January 2016 to negotiate the purchase of the Optimum Colliery coal mine from Glencore. A strong link has been established between the Gupta family and Lodha, who attended family weddings. Oakbay Investments did not respond to r...

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