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'You bring that man‚' Hawks tell Atul Gupta's lawyer

Atul Gupta ,Chairman and Managing Director of Sahara Holdings, Midrand.
Atul Gupta ,Chairman and Managing Director of Sahara Holdings, Midrand.
Image: Robert Tshabalala

The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation‚ known as the Hawks‚ has called on one of the controversial Gupta brothers‚ Atul‚ to hand himself in or face being branded a "fugitive".

Business Day understands that Atul Gupta’s lawyer has been contacted by phone and SMS and told to ensure his client hands himself over.

This was evidently after the lawyer told the media earlier that none of the Guptas had been arrested.

"We called the lawyer and said ‘you bring that man‚ if you don’t bring him you must know that he will be regarded as a fugitive’‚" a reliable source said.

Last month‚ the National Prosecuting Authority placed the Guptas at the heart of a conspiracy to "swindle" R220m from the Free State‚ which was meant for emerging black dairy farmers.

Eight associates of the controversial Gupta family appeared in the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court on February 15 2018.

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