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Mahatma Gandhi’s great-granddaughter Arrested for a fraud case in South Africa

Ashish Lata Ramgobin, the great-granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi has been jailed for seven years in a six-million rand (Rs 3.22 crore) fraud and forgery case. The 56-year-old Mahatma Gandhi’s great-granddaughter was sentenced by a Durban court after she was found guilty in the fraud case.

Ashish Lata Ramgobin was accused of defrauding businessman SR Maharaj after he advanced R6.2 million to her for allegedly clearing import and Customs duties for a non-existent consignment from India. SR Maharaj was promised a share of profits, PTI reported.

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Lata Ramgobin, daughter of noted rights activists Ela Gandhi and late Mewa Ramgobind, was also refused leave to appeal both the conviction and the sentence by the Durban Specialised Commercial Crime Court.

During the trial, Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) had said that Lata Ramgobin allegedly provided forged invoices and documents to convince investors that three containers of linen were being shipped in from India.

At that time, Lata Ramgobin was released on a bail of 50,000 rand. Lata Ramgobin had met SR Maharaj, director of the New Africa Alliance Footwear Distributors, in August 2015. His company imports and manufactures and sells clothing, linen and footwear, and also provides finance to other companies on a profit-share basis.

Source: India Today

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