‘Crowds watch raid on Guptas brothers’ homes in India’

Properties in India belonging to the controversial Gupta brothers have been raided.

Journalist Neha Poonia, who has been reporting on the South African-based family’s movements in India for South African broadcaster SABC, says the search was by income tax officers:

The raids are yet to be independently confirmed by authorities, reports South Africa’s Times Live news site.

But they has been widely reported in local media, with one news site saying [in Hindi] that “large crowds” watched the raid on a property belonging to Ajay Gupta early this morning.

Ajay Gupta had been named as a “fugitive from justice” by South Africa’s chief prosecutor.

It is the latest in a series of developments after Mr Zuma resigned his post last month, since then police have raided the Gupta family home in Johannesburg and a Gupta nephew has appeared in court in connection with a dairy farm fraud case.

Gupta-linked companies have taken to court their bid to stop the bank they trade with – the Bank of Baroda – from closing its South African operations, as we reported last week.

A judgement is expected in that case on 12 March, according to local media.

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