Gupta agent Ashu Chawla is not in violation of bail, says the NPA
Gupta lieutenant Chawla is set to testify in parliament at the inquiry into naturalisation of some members of state-capture tainted family
Gupta lieutenant Ashu Chawla, who is set to testify in parliament at the inquiry into the naturalisation of the controversial family, did not violate his bail conditions by leaving the country, says the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA). Parliament’s home affairs portfolio committee had been keen to quiz Chawla about his role in the naturalisation matter. The inquiry is investigating how members of the Gupta family, which is at the centre of state capture allegations and some of whose members have close ties with former president Jacob Zuma, were granted citizenship even though they did not meet the requirements. The department had rejected applications for five Gupta family members.
The naturalisations of Ajay Gupta, his wife, mother and two sons were granted after Chawla appealed to home affairs minister Malusi Gigaba on behalf of three of the family members for approval of their naturalisation, on account of "exceptional circumstances". The committee was taken aback when...